Thread Thread 94980
Last time I appeared in this Forum I jumped in with
my size nines after briefly looking at a game and got it
all beautifully wrong. This time I’ve looked at the game.
But first “..Greenpawn has a FIDE grade of 2000.”
Any clown can get an over 2000 FIDE rating. You can buy one!
All you have to do is enter FIDE rated tournaments.
If you do not have a FIDE rating then they give you a provisional
rating of 2200.
My Fide grade is 2063 (I think) so infact you could say my
FIDE rating is – 137.
So forget grades.
“You cannot put a number on a brain.”
So onto this Strategic ‘Tacticless’ Masterpiece
I count 3 pure tactical moves. Three moves played whose considerations
were solely tactical. Not part of some deep plan. One shot tactics.
5….Qg5 double attack
13. Nxc7+ double attack
There are a few others but you can say they were played for another reason.
7.d3 discovered attack – but also a developing move to restrain the pawn on d4.
Black lost this game because of a hat trick of blunders moves 8-10.
8…dxc3 helping White develop with a threat (Nd5).
9…Bd4 moving piece twice in the opening-missing the threat (Nd5).
10…Qe5 missing the strong reply (10…Qd8 was forced).
White took full advantage of Black’s woeful play and punished him tactically
The moment the a8 Rook was lost the game was over.
End of argument, what followed was a cat playing with a dead mouse.
You will find more tactical moves but the game is over – I stopped counting.
White had a chances to shine, a chances to bring a wee bit of class into
the game and at the same time show us that he was in full control both tactically
. He failed.
13.Nxc7+ was not the best move. You are winning a rook but moving a
well placed knight to stick it out of the way on a8. Is there anything better?
13.Qc5! Now there is a chess player’s move.
You are not threatening to win the Rook. (and misplace your Knight).
You are threatening mate. Nxc7+ Qf8 mate. And once your opponent has seen that.
Look. You are also threatening Nxc7+ winning the unprotected Black Queen on h5
.Black is really in a mess here.
It was a tactician does.. He scans the board looking for unprotected pieces
and if he find one , he sees if there is anyway to take advantage of it.
When I ‘clicked’ through this game I saw it right away.
The root of most non-mating combinations is an unprotected piece.
Train yourself to start looking for these babies. They pop up time and time again.
If you want to give one piece of advice to a beginner then let it be
‘Try not put your pieces on unprotected squares.’
So let us look for the strategic themes that were employed in this game.
Well there were none. The game only lasted 13 moves (13. Nc7+ 1-0).
At move 8 the blunders started appearing and were dealt with tactically
To start looking for deep strategic plans before one is fully developed is silly.
Let us have a little look at the opening. (It’s all we can look at.)
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nd5!?
The Bird. It has it’s own flock of dedicated followers.
(I’ve been waiting years to slip that pun in).
Two cracking traps in here boys. Well worth knowing.
4.Bc4 b5? (has been played on a few occasions.)
5.Bxf7+ Kxf7 6.Nxd4 and the Knight cannot be recaptured because
the Rook on a8 is lost.
After 3…Nd5 4.Bc4
Black can try 4…c6 or 4…b6 or even the ‘I’m a duffer’
And if White falls for it. 5.Nxe4?
Then he has been caught in the dreaded Blackburne Shilling Gambit.
4….Rb8 5.Nxe5 Qg5 6.Nxf7 Qxg2 7.Rf1 Qxe4+ 8.Be2 Nf3 mate.
A trap that catches out players day in day all over the world.
It usually appears after the move order;
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nd4 4.Nxe5 etc.
One should always be alert for such trappy trans positions. Especially
Black traps which can work for White a tempo up.
Probably best. It’s certainly the move of most GM’s when they face this.
4….exd5 5.c3 …
Poor Robbie got a bit of a pasting for this. It’s alright. It’s a known move.
Nothing wrong with it. 5.0-0 is the choice move.
It was not the cause of Black’s loss. Black’s moves 8-9 & 10 were.
5…Qg5 6.Bf1 Bc5 7.d3 Qf6 8.Qe2 dxc3
This is the start of the trio of blunder 8…d6 8…Ne7 were better
After 8…dxc3 we know what happened next. Two more bad moves
followed and White kicked him.
There is nothing left to say. Except I cannot not see the deep strategic plan
that is within this game. Maybe it’s because I’m just a hacker with a
-137 FIDE grade.
“Chess is 99% tactics.”
Richard Teichmann (1868-1925)
(lots of Edits trying to the FEN thingy working - there must be an easier way)