Monday, March 24, 2014

Philidor and Lucena Positions (Rook and Pawn Endgames)

These are two basic and fundamental positions of chess endgames. Knowledge of these positions are highly important. I first heard about them in Jeremy Silman's "The Reassess Your Chess Workbook".

The first position is called the Philidor position and it is always a draw.


After 1.d6 the pawn is too far advanced and Black can just keep delivering checks from the bottom rank as white can no longer hide behind the pawn because of Black's King. The game is drawn. ---------- The next position is called the Lucena Position and it is a win for White. White wins through the method of "Building a bridge" which is simply bringing the King and Rook together so that the White King can be saved from perpetual checks by using his rook to block the check.


The second move Rf4 looks strange. But, it is the winning move because when white's King comes to d5 he can block the check from black's rook by Rd4 and white wins. Also note that 1... Ke6 fails to 2.Ke8. Thanks for reading and I encourage you to buy a copy Jeremy Silman's "The Reassess your Chess Workbook". It is probably the best chess book ever written. Seriously.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

The 12th Annual Mark Oestreich Memoiral Open 3.8.14 (Rounds 2 and 3)

The last two games of them tournament went well for me. I played two class D players and won both games. In round two I had to fight hard for the win. The guy was very under-rated. I felt like I was playing a strong class B player. I will only post the game from the second round. The game from the third round wasn't much of a game as he blundered two pieces early in the game.

The 12th Annual Mark Oestreich Memorial Open 3.8.14 (Round 1)

I did not win first place this time. I lost my very first round against class A player James Pollitt. This was the opponent I defeated two years ago, and I mentioned him and showed the game in one of my previous posts. This time, however, he got the best of me. He was grinding me down out of the opening and I cracked under the pressure and blundered two pawns. This blunder happened on move 18. Nf4. It was really just a mistake of carelessness.







Thursday, March 6, 2014

Chess - 3/6/2014

Today I met with Attila Turzo on ICC (Internet Chess Club) for a chess lesson - the first one I've had in over a year. We analyzed the King's Indian Attack (KIA) for White and looked over a couple of my recent ICC games. I learned that if Black mirrors White's kingside fianchetto, White can still carry out the d3-e4, and Nd2 plan. This line is still considered to be The King's Indian Attack. I played 5.c4 instead which turns the game into the very hypermodern opening called the "Reti" opening.

This coming Saturday - March 8, 2014, I have a tournament here in my hometown. The Mark Oestreich Memorial Tournament. It is a small tournament with only three rounds (a good thing as I often get too fatigued for a fourth round and lose my ability to focus). I need to exercise more often ;) And I am to continue studying KIA ebook that Attila sent me as well as do some tactics training with Chess.com's "Tactics Trainer". That's all for now. I will keep you guys updated on how the tournament went over the weekend.

Calvin