Sunday, August 17, 2008


Combinations 08.08.17

Morphy-de Riviere Paris 1863.

"To this day Morphy is an unsurpassed master of the open games. Just how great was his significance is evident from the fact that after Morphy nothing substantially new has been created in this field. Every player- from beginner to master- should in this praxis return again and again to the games of the American genius." ~ Mikhail Botvinnik
In this game Morphy will twice remove a defender of the g5 square and then twice setup a skewer of the c7 square.


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Tuesday, August 05, 2008


Combinations 08.08.05

Morphy-Ware, New York simul 1859 at knight odds.

A pawn at at f7 is pinned to the king. Then a rook at f7 is pinned to the king. Later there is a threat of pinning the rook at f7 along the other diagonal to the queen. Finally, Morphy removes the guard at h6 to win material and simplify to a won ending.

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Monday, August 04, 2008


Combinations 08.08.04

Morphy-Perrin, New York Simul 1859. Tactical devices featured in today's game include Decoying, and Double Attack.

A Chess Tragedy in 42 moves.


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Sunday, August 03, 2008


Combinations 08.08.03

Now for something completely different. NoTB - vlandre, a FICS 5 minute blitz game from yesterday. NoTB is my handle at FICS. Certainly not the same quality as a Morphy game but still "interesting." I was inspired by all of the Morphy games I have been reviewing to play an Evans Gambit. The opening went well, for a while...See if you can spot the mate in one (!) that I missed at the end.


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Saturday, August 02, 2008


Combinations 08.08.02

Morphy-Montgomery, New York simul, 1859.
This knight odds game features double attacks, clearance, pinning, and overloading.

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Friday, August 01, 2008


Combinations 08.08.01

I'm going to be continuing the "Daily Tactics" series but under the name "Combinations." I'm changing the name because I think "Combinations" is more specific for what I am usually describing (all chess moves are tactics, not all tactics are combinations) and dropping "Daily" as I have not kept up to that frequency.

Today, we have no pictures, just words. :)

Here are some commonly used terms when discussing chess tactics and combinations.

attraction: to attract an enemy piece onto an unfavorable square (Winning Chess Tactics for Juniors by Lou Hays, p. 57).

combination: a rearrangement of the connection of pieces of both sides, which forces a coordinated connection of contacts, which is advantageous to one side. (Chess Tactics for Advanced Players by Yuri Averbakh, p. 211).

clearance: to clear a square or uncover a line (Winning Chess Tactics for Juniors by Lou Hays, p. 61).

decoy: see attraction.

deflection: see diversion.

diversion: divert an enemy piece from an important post (Winning Chess Tactics for Juniors by Lou Hays, p. 73).

double attack: a simultaneous attack on two enemy pieces. (Winning Chess Tactics for Juniors by Lou Hays, p. 45) Or, more generally, two or more simultaneous "attacks and threats of the first or second order." (Chess Tactics for Advanced Players by Yuri Averbakh, p. 54).

overloading: the exploitation of an enemy unit which must protect at least two other important pieces (or squares). (Winning Chess Tactics for Juniors by Lou Hays, p. 67).

pin: an attack on an enemy piece which is situated on a straight line (i.e. a file, a rank or a diagonal) and in front of a more valuable piece (Winning Chess Tactics for Juniors by Lou Hays, p. 25).

space clearance: see clearance.

strategy: a plan designed to achieve a particular long-term aim.

tactic: an action or strategy planned to achieve a specific end.


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