Archive | October, 2014

#1 What is wrong with this move? Even the chess stars err

28 Oct

At amateur level most chess games are decided by big tactical mistakes. The average game on the popular lasts only about 25 moves. If I look to my own games the picture is quite similar.

I also noticed that when you do not make big mistakes, you will always be in with a chance to get a good result out of a game. Just don’t blunder!

But that is of course easier said than done. Even my article blunder check didn’t help me. Simply because I did not live up to my own advice. The chess game is very complicated and we tend to oversee stuff in the heat of the battle. Not only us ordinary mortals, but also the big chess stars have their weak moments. Continue reading

Chess puzzle #20: kill me please

20 Oct

Black just played 1. … Bg4 attacking white’s rook on d8 and the queen on h5. Is this bold move enough to save the game? See solution …

Chess puzzle #19

13 Oct

White is winning. In the diagram position he could play for instance 1. b6 or 1. Ka4 and he is doing fine.

Instead he played 1. Qc3?? Why is this a blunder? Answer…

Previous chess puzzles…

Mutual blindness

11 Oct

Is there something like luck in chess? Some people might say ‘in other sports yes, but of course not in chess!’ In football for instance a ball can change direction due to an uneven football pitch.

Or, what happened years ago in a football match in Utrecht: a sea gull collided with the ball. There is no such thing as an uneven chess board. And sea gulls are not likely to be found indoors. At least: not that I have seen.

But of course in chess there is also something called luck. For instance your opponent blunders in a won position. In my opinion that’s luck.

What do you think about this position? It is from my game against A. Broddevalk played in the Västerås Open 2014. See the first diagram.

With his last move black attacked the pawn on b2. White defended the pawn a bit careless with 12. b3. Better would have been 12. Qb3 or 12. Nbd2.

Let’s look at the position from black’s perspective. I was not at all happy with my position. It is a sort of Tarrasch defense but with one major difference: the dark colored bishops are exchanged. For my feeling I was worse because I am weak on the dark squares. Continue reading

Chess puzzle #18: easy and elegant

4 Oct

This is an easy puzzle. But I think the solution is quite elegant. I arrived with white at this position in one of my online games on

This is a Benkö gambit gone wrong. Of course white is completely winning. He can finish black off with one neat blow. How?




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