The ability to recover after a tactical oversight is a difficult skill to master. Indeed, the temptation to panic after blundering an ostensibly crushing sacrifice or combination is overwhelming. It is the mark of a strong, experienced player to r... | Leggi tutto
Last week, we examined the origins of the Smith-Morra Gambit.
As the Smith-Morra began to encounter strong players, a variety of different responses developed. In the early days, declining the gambit was actually quite popular.
In fact, ... | Leggi tutto
In part one, I discussed a game that I feel is extremely instructive. There were opening nuances, tactics, and the usual highs and lows. But the main thing that fueled the game’s soul was the existence of two potentially weak squares on e5 a... | Leggi tutto
The game we are going to analyze today is quite typical for the style of Mikhail Tal. It features sacrifices, crazy attack and a lot of fun!
Also, as it happened to many Tal's sacrifices, it was proven incorrect. Of course it took "only" a... | Leggi tutto
Two active bishops working in tandem are a mighty force.
Indeed, the bishop's long range enables it to dominate vast swaths of the board, and to simultaneously play both a defensive and an attacking role.
While the power of two bishops is... | Leggi tutto