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Sunday, November 12, 2017

Schliemann Defence – Theory and Practice

If you are looking to pick up a new opening for Black against 1.e4, you might be interested in the Schliemann Defence and the repertoire outlined in the book I just published. It is available both in Kindle and Paperback versions. It is also available on Kobo. The first volume covers the theoretical variations and sample games. The second volume will contain a collection of combinations that illustrate typical tactical ideas for Black.

High Level repertoire overview and Table of Contents:
1. Introduction
2. Typical themes
3. Overview of Variations
4. Early Deviations for White
5. System with 4.d3
5.1. Variation 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 f5 4. d3 fxe4 5. dxe4 Nf6 6. Nc3
5.2. Variation 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 f5 4. d3 fxe4 5. dxe4 Nf6 6. O-O Bc5 7.Bxc6
5.3. Variation 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 f5 4. d3 fxe4 5. dxe4 Nf6 6. O-O Bc5 7.Nc3
5.4. Variation 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 f5 4. d3 fxe4 5. dxe4 Nf6 6. O-O Bc5 7.Qe2
6. System with 4.Nc3
7. System with 4.Nc3 dxe4 5.Nxe4 Nf6 6.Qe2
7.1. Variation 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 f5 4. Nc3 fxe4 5. Nxe4 Nf6 6. Qe2 d5 7. Nxf6+ gxf6 8. d4 Bg7 9. dxe5 O-O 10. Bxc6
7.2. Variation 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 f5 4. Nc3 fxe4 5. Nxe4 Nf6 6. Qe2 d5 7. Nxf6+ gxf6 8. d4 Bg7 9. dxe5 O-O 10. e6
8. System with 4.Nc3 dxe4 5.Nxe4 6.Nxf6
8.1. 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 f5 4. Nc3 fxe4 5. Nxe4 Nf6 6. Nxf6+ Qxf6 7. Qe2 Be7 8. Bxc6 bxc6 9. Nxe5
8.2. Variation 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 f5 4. Nc3 fxe4 5. Nxe4 Nf6 6. Nxf6+ Qxf6 7. Qe2 Be7 8. Bxc6 bxc6 9. Qxe5
9. Final Classic Example
10. Conclusion
11. How to learn Typical Tactics - follow up book
12. Index of Players and Games
13. About the Author
14. Symbols and Abbreviations Used in the Book
14.1. Position Evaluation
14.2. Move Evaluation

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Bishops of Opposite Colour – Training Positions – Part 1

Bishop Endgames: Do Opposites Attract? (Practical Endgames) is now available as a paperback; here are some sample training exercises that illustrate the play in typical endgames with bishops of opposite colour. Scroll down to see the solutions.

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Rogers, Ian - Lejeune, Jean Pierre, 1976

201

White's turn


Savva, Andreas - Said, Mahmoud, 1986.11.23

202

White's turn



Cuijpers, Frans Andre - Stoll, Ferdinand, 1988

203

White's turn


Tal, Mikhail - Hull, Lee, 1988.03.08

204

White's turn

 

 

 

Solutions


Rogers, Ian - Lejeune, Jean Pierre, Wch U16, 1976

237

32. Rg8+

The White pawn will now inevitably promote.
1-0

Savva, Andreas - Said, Mahmoud, Dubai Olympiad, 1986.11.23

238

33. Bxa6! h5

( 33. ... bxa6 34. Rxe7 Bxe7 35. b7 and pawn promotes. )
34. Bxb7 Bh6 35. Bc6 e3 36. Kf1 exf2 37. Rxe7 Kxe7 38. b7 Be3 39. b8=Q 1-0

Cuijpers, Frans Andre - Stoll, Ferdinand, Bad Woerishofen op 4th, 1988

239

38. Bc6

Black is unable to stop e8Q.
1-0

Tal, Mikhail - Hull, Lee, Framingham CC sim, 1988.03.08

240

21. Ba6 Rxa6 22. c7 Ra8

( Black resigned, but game could have continued: 22. ... Ra8 23. Rd1 with inevitable Rd8 )
1-0

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