Another week, another miniature chess games. This is a classic, one of my favourites, Steinitz – Rock, 1858.
You’ve likely heard of Steinitz before. He’s the first official World Champion, who combined the tactical genius of the Romantic players but while also formulating the basic rules of positional play. His ideas, especially when distilled and expressed through the great teacher Tarrasch, transformed chess from a back-room brawl into something more of a science, where a great position needs to come before a great attack.
You’ve likely never heard of Rock before. That’s because he was an amateur, the equivalent of NN … and as you can imagine, he gets slaughtered in typical champion vs amateur fashion. Let’s take a loo Continue reading
[Updated with extra analysis below: July 30, 2017]
Here’s the second in my video series on chess miniatures, featuring a game between Dukaczewski (2372) – Dineley (2264), Turin, 2006.
This analysis features a very common error in general (moving pieces multiple times in the opening) as well as specific (playing an early Na5 to chase a Bishop on c4). I try to show both why these are mistakes and then how to react accordingly.
Let’s take a look. Continue reading
Here we go. SmithyQ presents YouTube video number two!
This one may become a regular series. I adore chess miniatures. These are games under 25 moves, usually finishing with a crushing attack or fancy tactics. In order to lose in under 25 moves, one side has to make some decisive mistakes. Studying miniatures teaches us both to recognize when these mistakes happen and how to punish them most effectively. Your opening and early middlegame attacking skills will increase tremendously after even just a few games.
Also, miniatures are a heck of a lot of fun, so let’s take a look. Continue reading
Alright everyone, time for something brand new and exciting! I have created my first chess YouTube video!
I’ve been toying with this idea for over a year, ever since I helped a friend create a few video, and I learned some of the ins and outs of the process. Over the last few months, I’ve created several private videos for people, and I’ve used their feedback to mould the presentation, content and delivery. The end result is what you see here. Special thanks to Martin, Steve and Alex for giving particularly detailed feedback. Much appreciated.
For my first video, I chose to help the most active reader of my blog, Gringo. I offered to analyze a game of his, and he gave me a very interesting encounter against a National Master with a barely believable 2600 bullet rating. This wasn’t a bullet game, but Gringo was clearly the underdog … and yet he had reached a very good position. Let’s take a look.