Jul 202018

Chess players, chess authors and chess psychologists attempt to teach and explain chess playing and development of chess skills with the concept of pattern and pattern recognition. However, the lack of a precise definition of pattern raises the question of what we are supposed to recognise and if chess may not be too diverse and too complex to be reduced to simplified didactic devices like ‘patterns.’ This is comprehensively considered in a paper by RUNE VIK-HANSEN.
Pattern Recognition — Fact or Fiction?
Source: Chess News

Jul 202018

The ‘Fort Knox’ variation in the Frence Defence involved Black planting a bishop on c6 early in the game. While I’ve never considered the variation that ambitious (or dangerous for White), it does appeal to French Defence players who stress the second word in the opening’s name.
As I was flicking through the games from the last 4NCL season, I came across a nice win for White, in what looked like a mirror image of the Fort Knox. After 3.Bd3 White planted his bishop on f3. It was then Black who went pawn hunting (taking on g2, when a lot of French lines have Qxg7) allowing White to build up a decisive lead in development. Avoiding the loss of a rook only led to Black getting mated instead.

Ivell,Nicholas W (2201) – Lee,Richard W Y (2149) [C00]
4NCL 2017-18 England ENG (9.65), 05.05.2018 new PgnViewer( { boardName: “game873”, movesFormat: “default”, pgnString:’1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Bd3 dxe4 4.Bxe4 Nf6 5.Bf3 c5 6.Ne2 Nc6 7.Be3 Nd5 8.Bxd5 Qxd5 9.Nbc3 Qxg2 10.Rg1 Qf3 11.Nb5 cxd4 12.Nc7+ Ke7 13.Bxd4 Rb8 14.Bc5+ Kf6 15.Ne8+ Ke5 16.Rg5+ f5 17.Bd6+ 1-0′, pauseBetweenMoves: 500, pieceSize: 29 } );

The Anti Fort Knox?
Source: Chessexpress

Jul 192018

40 years ago this week, Karpov and Korchnoi started their fight for the world title in Baguio City on the Philippines. Yesterday we published a lengthy interview with Karpov, who won the match 6 : 5, but Korchnoi almost became world champion. A good occasion to take a look at Genna Sosonko’s new book “Evil-Doer: Half a Century with Viktor Korchnoi”, a fine memoir of one of the most interesting chess players of the 20th century. | Pictured: Korchnoi and Sosonko | Photo courtesy Elk and Ruby
A fascinating memoir: Genna Sosonko's "Evil-Doer: Half a Century with Viktor Korchnoi"
Source: Chess News