Creating a passed pawn

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A passed pawn is a pawn that can not be stopped anymore by one of the opposing pawns. A passed pawn is rather valuable especially in the endgame. Passed pawns are dangerous and they have to be stopped. Assuming that the pawn can not be captured we can stop them by:

  • attacking the square in front of the pawn
  • or placing a piece in front of the pawn

The player with the passed pawn will try to use all the tactical weapons to eliminate the piece that prevents the pawn to queen.
But this will be something of a future lesson. Now we are going to create a passed pawn.

The diagrams below illustrate a rather famous example about the creation of a passed pawn.

    At first sight the position looks about even, but White’s pawns are allready on the fifth rank.
    1.g6 White is going to sacrifice a pawn.
    1…hxg6 Black has to capture the pawn. 1…fxg6 is an alternative
    2.f6 and White is going to sacrifice the second pawn
    2…gxf6 Black has nothing to chose
    3.h6 and now White has created a passed pawn. This will be sufficient to win the game.

The next lesson of these series will learn you the Kieninger trap.

Storming the Castle

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This is an old, but very illustrative game that shows how to take care of a development advantage and some mistakes of your opponent.


In the next lesson we are going to create a passed pawn.

Deflection

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Deflection is a tactic that forces a piece of your opponent to leave the square, row or file where it has to remain, because it is needed there to defend something. This chess term is rather similar to luring, but in luring a piece has to be positioned at the right square to enable an attack while in deflection there is a (double) attack, but the defender has to be moved away in order to be successful.
Trying to promote can be seen as a kind of attack.

The following diagram is a nice example of deflection.



White threatens to promote the pawn, but then Black’s rook will capture the queened piece. Even worse: Black is also threatening to capture the pawn.
Happily for White he is able to play 53. Rg5 which prevents that the pawn can be captured (An absolute pin) and Blacks best move will be 53…Rxg5 after which Black will be able to promote 54. d8=Q.

If Black reacts to 53.Rg5 with the move 53…Kc6 then the next moves are 54.Rxd5 Kxd5 55.d8=Q+ wih an easy win for White (See mating with the queen).

In the next lesson we are going to storm the castle.

Luring

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In one of the previous lessons we have learned about the double attack. But sometimes your opponent will be not so cooperative that he is positioning his pieces in such a way that you are able to attack two pieces at the same time.

    With a supporting Knight on c7, d6, f6 or g7 instead of on g4 White should be able to make a successful double attack with the move Re8+.

While looking at the position of this diagram and realizing that White is also able to attack both the King and the Queen at the same time if the Queen can be lured to e8 it becomes rather clear what’s the right move for White.


Like the double attack can be seen as a capture in two, this kind of luring can be seen as a double attack in two.

Chrome Chess

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How not to play the … ?

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During the previous lessons we have created some opening reports as well as an opening analysis of the Lolli attack. We have done this while learning how to use a chess database in general and ChessDB in particular. But by creating this opening analysis we are looking for the good games, in fact almost always ignoring the bad games. And these games contain a lot of chess lessons to be learned, especially when these are you own games. But even when you know the right moves it has to be interesting to know why. In other words to know why the other moves are bad.

For example when we look at the opening report of the Lolli attack we notice that Black succeeded in winning eight of the games and by now we now that White must have done something wrong during these games.

The exercise of this lesson is to figure out why White lost the game for each of these eight games.

As an example I have added some annotations to one of these games (the game Jacko, Tomas – Smistik, Milan) leaving you with seven games to annotate by yourself.


Next chess lesson is about Luring.

The Lolli Attack

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This lesson has been published before on chessteacherlessons.com, but has been added by the original author to this site after the domain name has expired.

This purpose of this post is to show you the result of the opening’s analysis of our previous lesson. This is one of the reasons that all the moves are taken from the ICOfY database instead of my own database.

The result is an Opening analysis of the Lolli Attack.

You can compare it with the opening report that we have created before, with the most exhaustive analysis of this opening on the Web by Michael Goeller on his very nice looking website and with the analysis that you have done by yourselves.

I suppose that the best method will be to generate your own lesson based on for example the ICOfY database and add your own comments to it. This time I didn’t add any personal, other people’s or general knowledge about this opening to the post, because the main purpose is to show how you can make your own analysis (probably even for another opening).

As we have seen in the automatically generated opening report there are at least 14 move orders reaching the position after 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.Ng5 d5 5.exd5 Nxd5 6.d4 exd4 7.O-O and Black has least eleven alternatives to continue, but only two of them are frequently played and I will limit myself to the three most important ones in this post, but feel free to add the missing continuations to your own chess material. Adding them to this post will make the post more dificult to read. Maybe even now the post is rather difficult to read, because of the fact that I show an example game for each continuation.



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