To begin with, we’ll understand how yawns differ from views. In his book Secrets of Practical Chess, John Nunn wrote the following:
“Views and yawns are two varieties of the same phenomenon. If you have lost sight of anything and, thanks to a happy fortune, the consequences were not too serious, then you made a viewing; if the results are catastrophic, then you yawned. ”
From the foregoing, we can conclude that a yawn leads to a sharp deterioration in position, or obscenities. In amateur chess games, it is not uncommon for one of the opponents to lose the queen. Less often opponents Continue reading
The goal of a chess game is to checkmate the opponent’s king. But not one of the figures alone can achieve this goal, not even the all-powerful queen. As in all other operations conducted on a chessboard, a coordinated action of the pieces, their harmony, and interaction are necessary here. Understanding how such an interaction arises is extremely important for chess players of any level. We will try to disclose the content of this extremely important concept.
Take a look at the initial position of the figures. Enemy forces lined up in two lines against each other. Between the enemy camps a large neutral strip. Everything is quiet, everything is calm – no one is threatening anyone, and so far he cannot threaten.
However, in the initial position you can find some very specific contacts, and hence the interaction between the pieces and pawns of the same camp. Firstly, pawns cover the pieces behind them from future attacks by enemy pieces. Secondly, the pieces, at least once, protect (support) these pawns, while protecting each other. These contacts – cover and support, of course, play a positive, but so far defensive Continue reading
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