Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Scorched Earth

Today we head back once again to Excelling at Chess.

Aagaard's central thesis, regular visitors may recall, is that a "real chess player is someone who knows where the pieces belong." Well that's the idea anyway. Sometimes it goes a bit wrong. Which genius, and no I'm not being sarcastic, decided the White pieces belonged like so ...?

Black to move

You might also want to take a punt at what Black should play here but if you don't fancy that you can always take a guess at how many more moves White lasted before throwing in the towel.

Earlier in the week Tom mentioned the Richmond Rapidplay which is taking place this coming Sunday. I had intended to get along to this but unfortunately have ballsed things up and now I have to work that day.

Another event I won't be attending is Michael Adams' simul in Dover on the 19th July. I had very much hoped to be there - thanks for the offer David - but again the extremely irritating necessitity to earn a crust is going to prevent me. If you're free and fancy your chances details are available at if you're free that day and fancy your chances.

PS: I know I know - the Prisoner Penny Farthing image has got nothing whatsoever to do with today's post but I needed something to break up the page and I'm really fond of it. If nothing else it gives me an excuse to link to the "Magnus isn't rated number 2 after all" piece I wrote last week.


Anonymous said...

This looks vaguely familiar. Is it Karpov (White) against Kasparov? Did Black play ...cxb?


Jonathan B said...

Yes Yes and No Angus.

It was indeed Karpov playing White (against Kasparov at Linares 1993). What I really like about this position is that Black's set-up looks so ordinary but White's is just crazy. I suppose you'd have to be a Karpov to get all your pieces on the back rank this far into the game and not have to resign instantly.

So how long did he last>

Tom Chivers said...

Compare with white's position after move 23 in this game . . .

Anonymous said...

BTW, How does one mount a canopied penny farthing? Video evidence would be useful. (Ok, I guess that's a tall order.)


Glenn Wilson said...

The position and game are fascinating. Running through the game with Fritz, I see that the machine does not like Karpov's 16th move of Bd4 and much prefers putting another piece on the back-rank with Bg1! Wonderful irony from Fritz.

Here is the game with Fritz's ironic suggestion and a possible continuation noted:

[Event "Linares ;CBM 34 Anand"]
[Site "10"]
[Date "1993.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Anatoli Karpov"]
[Black "Garry Kasparov"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "E86"]
[PlyCount "54"]
[EventDate "1993.??.??"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 Bg7 4. e4 d6 5. f3 O-O 6. Be3 e5 7. Nge2 c6 8. Qd2 Nbd7 9. Rd1 a6 10. dxe5 Nxe5 11. b3 b5 12. cxb5 axb5 13. Qxd6 Nfd7 14. f4 b4 15. Nb1 Ng4 16. Bd4 (16. Bg1 Rxa2 17. Qxb4 Re8 18. Nbc3 Ra5 19. g3 Ngf6 20. Bh3 Qc7 21. Bxd7 Nxd7 22. Rxd7 Bxd7 23. Bb6 Ra1+ 24. Kd2 Qxb6 25. Qxb6 Rxh1 26. h4 +/-) 16... Bxd4 17. Qxd4 Rxa2 18. h3 c5 19. Qg1 Ngf6 20. e5 Ne4 21. h4 c4 22. Nc1 c3 23. Nxa2 c2 24. Qd4 cxd1=Q+ 25. Kxd1 Ndc5 26. Qxd8 Rxd8+ 27. Kc2 Nf2 0-1

Jonathan B said...

No idea Angus but I tell you that I'd pay big money to watch you ride one down Streatham High Road.

ejh said...

I once saw somebody unicycling down the Iffley Road in Oxford.