Wednesday, September 2, 2015

4 Tips for Tactical Quick Wins

Here are four tips for you to win chess games quickly.
1. Develop all four minor pieces before your opponent develops his.
2. Grab big open lines.
3. Aim for weak points.
4. Look for combinations.
Watch what happens in my French Defence vs Ernest Huber.

In the 1970s World Champion Anatoly Karpov controlled the board with piece play in all his openings. Karpov's skill and expertise with pieces allowed him to dominate the best grandmasters in the world for a decade after Bobby Fischer quit.

Fischer was awesome when he played! That ended in 1972. From 1972-1982 Karpov sharpened his skills playing 50 master games per year. Fischer was not playing. If Fischer wanted to play Karpov we can imagine the games would have been great!

I copied Karpov's openings in my own games. In the French Defence Tarrasch Variation 3.Nd2 game vs Ernest Huber, my army was at full strength. Black got into big trouble after a dozen moves. He had weak points at f7, e6, d7, and c7. I had many combinations because of my advantage in development and found one that won a piece.

Sawyer (1980) - Huber (1874), P-388 corr APCT (1.2), 12.1978 begins 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2 c5 4.exd5 Qxd5 5.Ngf3 cxd4 6.Bc4 Qd6 7.0-0 Nf6 8.Nb3 Bd7 9.Nbxd4 Be7 10.Qe2 a6 [10...Nc6 11.Rd1+/=] 11.Rd1 Qc7 12.Ne5 0-0 [12...b5 13.Bb3+-] 13.Bf4 [13.Nxf7!+-] 13...Qc8 [13...Qb6 14.c3+/-] 14.c3 [14.Nxd7! Nbxd7 15.Nxe6 fxe6 16.Bxe6+ Rf7 17.Rxd7 Nxd7 18.Rd1+-] 14...Nc6? [14...Kh8 15.Bb3+/-] 15.Nxd7 Nxd4 16.Nxf6+ Bxf6 17.cxd4 Re8 18.Rac1 Qd7 19.Be5 1-0

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