I like analyzing chess games, as I believe that it is a critical step in improving one’s chess skills. Beginners should focus on understanding the basic principles of chess, while intermediate players should focus on positional concepts. Advanced players should delve deeper into the game’s strategies, focusing on the openings, middle game, and endgame. By analyzing games at different levels, players can identify their strengths and weaknesses and develop their chess skills.
Why does it make sense to publish and discuss games in which both players make mistakes? I am convinced that the analysis of a game in which a chess player gets into an unpleasant situation through his own fault, but does not give up and can turn further developments in his favor, can bring more information to the reader than if he repeatedly replays recordings of grandmaster duels brimming with flawless positional strategy. Anyone can overlook an unexpected defense while planning an attack, which will negate his tactics in their very foundation. However, learning from the own mistakes is one of the most effective ways to improve.
- Richard Réti vs. Oldřich Duras: The king’s path in AbbaziaOne of the most significant tournaments of that era was the Abbazia 1912 tournament organized by Georg Marco, which was themed around the King’s Gambit Accepted.
- Queen’s Gambit Accepted, Alekhine System: Read him like a BöökIt was in this tournament that Alekhine won a really wonderful game against the Finnish master, Böök. The chief feature of the game is the remarkably intuitive nature of the sacrifices involved.
- Polish Opening, Birmingham Gambit: Why is it called the Orangutan?Polish chess grandmaster Savielly Tartakower, along with other participants of the New York 1924 chess tournament, visited the Bronx Zoo, and jokingly consulted an orangutan named Susan. Allegedly, she indicated that Tartakower should open the next game with b4. Tartakower also noted that the movement of the pawn to b5 reminded him of the orangutan climbing up a tree.
- Danish Gambit Accepted, Classical DefenseThe material is almost even, but the white queen will turn out to be more mobile than the black rook/knight combo. I could have resigned at this very position. However, you know, I wanted to find out if my queen-side pawns were or weren’t capable of threatening White in any way. So, let’s make a few more moves.
- Introduction, and a deep game analysis – King’s Gambit Declined, Keene DefenseThe defense already appeared in a textbook from the 19th century. The author was Paul Rudolf von Bilguer, a German master and theoretician, a member of the “Berlin Pleiades” group. Raymond Keene was credited with exploring it and finding a better game for black.
Did you play an interesting game, and would you like to have it analyzed? Please don’t hesitate to contact me. 😎 The most intriguing analyzes will be published.