Kasparov – Topalov (1999)

Published on Wednesday, March 4, 2015 in | reactions (0)

The game between Garry Kasparov (2812) and Veselin Topalov (2700) in the fourth round of the 1999 edition of the Hoogovens tournament in Wijk aan Zee is called Kaparov’s Immortal. The most noteworthy move of this game is the rook sacrifice on the 24th move. It is nice to replay the game and try to evaluate this position for yourself.
An annotated version of this game by Kasparov himself can be found here. More chess lessons? An overview of the chess lessons can be found by means of the top navigation.

Original 2 Responses on CTL to “Kasparov – Topalov (1999)”

  1. Romano
    July 8th, 2009 at 10:30 am
    Please, how I can make put a Java board (and the moves of my games) like yours in my own blog?
    Thanks a lot!
  2. Chess Teacher
    July 8th, 2009 at 5:58 pm
    I don’t use Java, but JavaScript by means of my own WordPress plugin, based on palview, under development. As described in Chess Exercises I also use a chess widget, that is free to download and is far more appealing, but which I consider less usefull for the chess lessons.
    In addition to this possibility I have seen that the site Chess Publishing gives a nice overview with examples of alternatives to publish chess games on a blogsite.

Rook pawn rook draws

Published on Tuesday, March 3, 2015 in | reactions (0)

In this lesson I only show eight diagrams of the rook and pawn versus rook endgame, but this time all the positions correspond to a draw if played properly. Are you able to hold these postions as Black.

The next lesson continues with this Rook and pawn versus Rook endgame. It will contain a useful link and learn you the rule of five.

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  1. Nabil
    February 1st, 2011 at 10:10 am
    Thank you very much for this endgame lessons it really helps.
    I hope you will continue

Rook pawn rook endgame

Published on Monday, March 2, 2015 in | reactions (0)

The rook and pawn versus rook endgames are very important to study because these are the simplest versions of the very frequent occurring rook endgames.
Let’s have a look at the diagrams below. All these positions are a win for White, but do you know why?

This lesson will explain a part of this KRP-KR endgame.
As indicated above the starting postion of the diagram below is a winning postion for White even if it is Black’s turn to move. Note that Black’s king is unable to approach the white pawn.

See the lesson about mating with a rook.
In the next lesson I have added some (rather similar) diagrams that correspond with a draw.

Colle – O’Hanlon, Nice 1930

Published on Sunday, March 1, 2015 in | reactions (0)

One of the most used examples of the classical bishop sacrifice is taken from the game Edgard Colle – John O’Hanlon, Nice 1930. This is rather strange because in this game the normal preconditions before sacrificing the bishop aren’t even met. Some chess players and teachers even considered the sacrifice in this game as unsound. After looking at it more carefully I think that the sacrifice is sound, but that Black will probably be able to survive the attack

Before going to the game I show two positions in which the classical bishop sacrifice enables White to win the game.

Now we will continue with the famous game from Edgard Colle.
Next lesson: The Rook and pawn vs Rook endgame.

Original 2 Responses on CTL to “Colle – O’Hanlon, Nice 1930”

  1. Steven Dowd
    October 3rd, 2008 at 9:52 am
    Newest analysis – revised editions of Vukovic by Nunn in English (2003) and Treppner in German (2006) as well as issue 3 of Kassiber and Broznik’s Colle book – all show the sacrifice to be correct.
  2. Chess Teacher
    October 3rd, 2008 at 4:16 pm
    I also said that the sacrifice was sound, but with correct counterplay I still believe that Black will be able to survive the attack.
    Das Colle-Koltanowski-System by Bronznik Valeri as well as the footnotes by John Nunn in Vuckovic’s book show the shortcomings in the original analysis of Vuckovic, who considered the sacrifice to be incorrect..

Make a plan

Published on Saturday, February 28, 2015 in | reactions (0)

It sounds a little bit obvious, but the lack of a plan is the main reason for a lot of losses in chess. Planning is essential in chess. After you have learned the general ideas for the opening, the middle game and the endgame, you have to create plans in order to win the game.
We can distinguish several kind of plans. Jeremy Silman starts by looking for the imbalances in the position and then the plan is to use and enlarge (one of) the positive imbalances. Other plans are more related to finding the right squares for your pieces and then the plan is to find a way to get your pieces on these squares.

The most important thing is that you have a plan. Without a plan your moves will be incoherent and you will be just moving your pieces. Having a plan will result in more wins.

When playing chess you should always have a plan, but don’t stick to rigid to it. Your opponent also has a plan and you have to take his moves into account. Some players tend to play their moves but neglect the moves of their opponent and when the threat becomes visible it is often too late to do something about it.

More chess lessons (in the right order to study) can be found by means of the chess lessons index page and an example of looking ahead can be found in the game Kasparov – Topalov (1999).

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  1. Sandor (Chessbumbus)
    October 6th, 2008 at 6:46 pm
    Hi Chessfriend!
    You have a nice chessblog here! Congratulations!
    My chessblog, Chessgambiter, has listed this site on my blog as:
    Chess sites I read…
    Keep on the good work.
    Thanks and regards,
  2. harcee sarmiento
    January 9th, 2009 at 5:47 am
    always prepare new surprises for the enemy by making your own novelty.
  3. Chess Teacher
    January 9th, 2009 at 6:34 pm
    @harcee sarmiento
    as long as you make sure that it is not a blunder
    If a move is rarely played, there may be a reason!!
  4. IM Arjun Vishnuvardhan
    May 6th, 2009 at 10:50 am
    Strategy/Strategical planning is just as important as tactics or studying a chess opening.
    This becomes more and more clear as you progress in chess. This is what that makes the difference between a master and an amateur.


Published on Friday, February 27, 2015 in , | reactions (0)

Zugzwang is a position in which every move would make the position worse, and the player that has to move would be better off if he could pass and not move at all. But in chess no such thing as skipping a move is allowed. You are forced to move.

In the picture above whoever has to make a move loses.

We have seen some examples of zugzwang before:

Next lesson: Make a plan.

Fischer – Taimanov 1971

Published on Thursday, February 26, 2015 in | reactions (0)

One of the most famous games showing the Bishop versus Knight endgame is game number four in the quarterfinals of the candidates match between Robert James Fischer and Mark Taimanov.

The next lesson in this series is about Zugzwang.

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