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 →
If you look at chess literature, you can find entire libraries devoted to the art of attack … and almost nothing on the art of defence. Defending is much harder than attacking. Often a defender only had one move to save the position, whereas the attacker can just throw pieces at the King and hope for the best.
I believe defence is at least twice as hard as attacking, if not more. It is probably my weakest link, but I’ve still won a few games with accurate defence. In general, the opponent will overreach himself, usually with an incorrect sacrifice, and then an accurate series of moves proves my advantage.
In what follows, I present three games in which I refute my opponent’s aggressive overtures. Again, I’m not Petrosian, so my defending skills aren’t 100%, but they do the job for my level. Continue reading →