A Strategic Opening Repertoire by John Donaldson, Philip Peterson

By John Donaldson, Philip Peterson

This new version of A Strategic starting Repertoire is either revised and multiplied. The strains offered right here – in line with 1. Nf3, 2.c4 and 3.g3 – will serve a participant good all through his profession as they're in accordance with stable positional rules with an emphasis on figuring out instead of memorizing.

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1. Bg1!!. This powerful double attack wins for Black! Indeed, desperate circumstances require desperate remedies. ”) Black should have exploited the weakness of the h2-square, already in the sights of the Black Queen. Ideas here include discovered attack, double attack, relative pin, and the not-sousual Queen plus Bishop mating pattern. (Popil - Marco, 1902) 10. The Queen Can Hang! You probably chose 1. Qh6. If you simply decided to make this move and to think more after the forced 1. Rg8, that’s okay.

Nxf7#. (Kolvic - Koch, 1959) 11. Promote the Pawn! 1. Ba7+ Rxa7 2. Rxa7 1-0. (Chigorin - Yankovic, 1889) 12. White to Play and ... Be very careful! The tempting 1. Ne5 loses to 1. ) 2. Kxg2 c5+, and White is a pawn down in a bad position. , 1. Qd3, or even the daring 1. c5, sacrificing the pawn to keep the b7-Bishop locked out. 13. White to move 14. White to move 15. White to move 16. White to move 13. Too Ugly to Play Think hard before putting your Rook on a boxed-in square like h2! 1. , and White, up a pawn, is much better, with his h1-Rook ready to go to the good square el.

Then consider whether Black has anything better. Hint: Changing the move order often helps. Of course! 3. Qxh2+! 4. Qxh2 Nxf2#. He’s smothered! 30. Rook Sac & Smothered Mate Yet another complex position that boils down to the basic smothered mate. 1. Rf1+! 2. Rxf1 (2. Kxf1 Qf5+ 3. Ke2 [3. Kg1 Qc5+] 3. Qf2#) 2. Qc5+ 3. Kh1 Nf2+ 4. Kg1 (4. Rxf2 Qc1+ with a back-rank mate) 4. Nh3++ 5. Kh1 Qg1+ 6. Rxg1 Nf2#. (Evans - Larsen, 1957) 31. The Simplest Win 1. Rd1+ 2. Qxd1 Qc3+! and mate next move.

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