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Chess Success: Planning After the Opening (Batsford Chess by Neil McDonald PDF

By Neil McDonald

It’s a undeniable fact that you could win a few chess video games simply by enjoying one solid-looking stream after one other. yet on the greater degrees of pageant, it’s no longer adequate to play circulate through stream: you wish a plan. Chess good fortune is ready making that plan. It exhibits, with interesting examples taken from real grandmaster video games, why the solid-looking move—the “natural” move—can usually be a sophisticated blunder. learn how to make a greater flow via first the pawn constitution of the sport and know how it’s “warped” by means of the positions of the items. except this robust new means of chess process, the video games with their unforeseen twists are significantly exciting to replay. 

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Later, Philidor gave blindfold exhibitions in Berlin and London, though he considered himself principally a musician. He first played three games simultaneously in a Berlin display around 1750, winning all three contests, and according to some sources repeated that feat more than once in Berlin. In London a display at Parsloe’s Chess Club, where Philidor conducted two blindfold games against strong players, Count Hans Brühl and Dr. Thomas Bowdler, drawing the first game and losing the second, was reported in the Morning Post of May 28, 1782, in glowing terms: The celebrated Mr Philidor, whose unrivalled excellence at the game of chess has long been distinguished, invited the members of the chess club, and the amateurs in general of that arduous amusement, to be present on Saturday last at a spectacle of the most curious kind, as it was to display a very wonderful faculty of the human mind, which faculty, however, is perhaps exclusively at present his own....

I am inclined to think that too much encouragement should not be given to blindfold chess, an art which, to a certain extent, may easily be acquired, and which only becomes really extraordinary when the play is really scientific. It may be all very well for an occasional exhibition or holiday display; but I doubt the policy or the utility of a constant attempt to walk 28 Part I. The History of Blindfold Chess backwards unless it can be shown that you can travel as securely, as easily, and as far by the ordinary method of locomotion [Illustrated London News, January 25, 1851].

Ladies and Gentlemen not belonging to the Club may be provided with tickets at the above-mentioned house, to see the match, at 5 shillings each. No doubt much of the publicity surrounding the blindfold displays was instigated by the Club itself, because from 1775 onwards its members paid Philidor a retainer to stay in London and play at the Club between February and June of each year. 3 Between Philidor and the Late 1800s Early Post-Philidor Blindfold Players AFTER PHILIDOR’S DEATH IN 1795 there was a lull of about 60 years in blindfold displays of any great significance, until the time of Kieseritzky, Paulsen, Morphy, Blackburne, and Zukertort.

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