Until the middle of the 19th century, chess games were played without time control. Parties lasted several hours in a row, and sometimes even days. Some players in a knowingly losing position began to drag out time, forcing the opponent to be nervous. When the nerves were completely lost, the opponent could agree to a draw, or even lose. If the opponents did not have time to finish the game in one game day, the game was postponed. The player whose last move was before the game was postponed recorded the secret move. The game was played out on the appointed day.
The literature describes the match between Howard Staunton and Pierre Saint-Aman in 1843. The 21st game of their match lasted 66 moves for 14.5 hours. Continue reading
A rook in chess is one of the most powerful pieces. Best of all, the potential of the rook can be realized if there are no obstacles in its way in the form of other figures. The efficiency of the rook will be the higher, the more available cells for movement will be at its disposal. Each player at the beginning of the game has two rooks.
The main mistake often made by inexperienced chess players is the underestimation of the rook’s potential.
After castling the rook with the king, it is best to hold these pieces where they have enough space for movement.
If we talk about the value of the rook, then it equals five pawns. Thus, this figure is stronger than an elephant or horse, but it will be weaker than these two figures combined. Two rooks are considered stronger than the queen. Rook is a strong enough, but not maneuverable figure. Continue reading
Chess is a quiet game of raum music.
Victory goes to the one who made the penultimate mistake.
With the right game on both sides, a draw is inevitable.
In general, I think that in chess everything rests on tactics. If the strategy is a block of marble, then the tactics are the cutter with which the master acts, creating a piece of chess art. Continue reading