During tournament and match games, a chess player only in rare, exceptional cases performs a combination, more often he analyzes the positions and evaluates them, after which he draws up a game plan. But he’s engaged in calculating options for almost all the time allotted for the game: sometimes it’s a short “run” over a number of small options, but at some points in the game it can be a complicated set of mutually connected options.
Calculation of options is a review of their possible moves and the opponent’s responses to the nearest segment of the game. Indeed, when we think about a move, we evaluate our own possible moves and look for the opponent’s answer. We try to embrace as many moves as possible and consider the largest number of answers to the proposed moves. The ability to conduct calculations widely, analyzing the greatest number of possibilities, and at the same time far – to the greatest possible number of moves forward determines to a large extent the skill of the chess player.
An important circumstance is the control clock. A strictly limited time is given to think over the moves and options, so you need to take care not only Continue reading
The horse is one of the most cunning chess pieces, which has a unique way of moving. The horse is rightly considered an insidious adversary who can “literally grow out of nowhere” and put a stupid checkmate. With the figure in the center, the player fires 8 cells at once, which gives him an impressive advantage in the game. Consider how the horse walks and how to use the figure to the maximum benefit.
Description of the figure
A horse is the only figure that is able to jump over others during its turn. This opens up great prospects for the player. A knight is equal in value to an elephant or three pawns.
You can evaluate the true strength of the horse during the height of the game, when almost all the central cells of the field are occupied. This limits the movement of other figures, but not the horse.
Please note that the horse should be developed at the beginning of the game among the first figures. A horse at the starting position is not effective. Even less useful is the horse, which is located in the corner Continue reading
The time to think about the next move is limited and is fixed by a chess clock. But despite this, each game can last an unlimited amount of time and parties. Let us turn to the history of chess tournaments to check whether this is actually so.
The very first international chess tournament (in the history of modern chess) was held in London in 1851 and brought together 16 participants. The tournament consisted of 4 circles, and such an outcome of the game as a draw did not count. In the first round, the participants played 3 games for the majority of victories, the subsequent circles consisted of 28 games in total. Thus, the number of parties was established by the tournament management.
The 1927 match, which marked the beginning of a new chess era thanks to the victory of Alexander Continue reading