How about this as a Christmas present for your RHP friend.
Actually it’s not a chess book. It’s a book on how you can improve
your life by following chess maxims. ‘Always Plan Ahead’. etc.....
I don’t need it, I don’t want it, the only reason it’s on here is because...
....the board is the wrong way around. (‘Always Plan Ahead.’ )
All chess writing hacks have at some time or other used the phrase:
“Every Russian School Boy knows.................................................”
Fill in the space with any well known rule of thumb followed
by an example or an exception to the rule of thumb in action.
William Hartston went one better in his book on the 1993 Short v Kasparov match.
He put in a picture of Russian children studying chess This is the position on the board.
A very strange position. I wonder if they were allowing White to have two
moves then Black has one move then White has two more moves and so on.
If they were using such a teaching rule then this position....
...can reached by White in 10 moves and Black in 5 moves. White plays 11.Qxf7 mate.
Of course my well groomed readers will now expect me to supply an RHP game
ending in checkmate with the exact same moves. That is unfortunately impossible.
This one ‘The Red Hot Pawn Mating Attack’ comes close position wise in as much
Black has a fianchettoed Queen’s Bishop, a Knight on d7 and White Queen on f7.
apollot - betrayed RHP.2014
That basic White set up that appeared on the Russian School kids demo board.
I have an RHP game from that set up featuring RHP Mating Attack Plan B.
dpcc - Browny RHP 2006
The year is 1991 and in the Russian under 18 Championship this position....
...appeared on the board in V. Orlov - D. Fridman Russian U18 Ch.Alma-Ata, 1991
White played the only drawing move .Kg6 and the game was agreed a draw.
Time passed and later that year Topalov played Fridman (who was Black in the above
game) in the European U-20 Championship at Aalborg. (you can check all this yourself.)
The Topalov - Fridman game was a dreary 14 mover, the players decanted to the
bar and once there Fridman showed Topalov the above ending in his game v Orlov .
Topalov thanked Fridman, bought him two beers, gave him his last cigarette and left.
Time passed....we now leave Europe, cross the Atlantic Ocean and land in Canada.
V. Topalov - A. Antunes, The Canadian Open 1992
Pretty amazing. Anyone with a half decent DataBase can check these two games
for themselves. I cannot find the same position anywhere but in these two games.
We come very close with a Red Hot Pawn game played in 2011.
blither - gundel RHP 2011
But we not yet finished with this instructive position.
Because if we by sleight of hand move the Black c-pawn two files to the left.
With White to play this is now a Black win!
So are we at last finished with this position.
No, employing more sleight of hand if we move the pawn 3 files to the left.
With White to play and Black not Queening with a check Black still wins!
We cannot leave this position and theme without seeing it totally screwed up.
bobbybez - dtwilson RHP 2010
The thread accompanying this blog is Thread 166530