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And we have Sicilian, Najdorf. Black’s last move prevents white from placing his knights or bishop on b5. Named after Miguel Najdorf, this opening has become one of the most widely studied in all of chess.
With 6. Bc4, Emory chooses the Fischer-Sozin Attack where which was a specialty of Bobby Fischer. Invented by Veniamin Sozin, this line was hardly worth mentioning until Bobby Fischer played it in several key victories.
Yudasin wisely plays e6 to remove the influence of white’s bishop from f7.
Fischer and Tate both preferred this precautionary retreat as the bishop will almost undoubtedly end up on b3 after black plays pawn to b5.
Historically, The second most popular move behind 7… b5. Black’s position remains flexible and the knight on d7 can now reposition to c5 to threaten the bishop on b3 and pawn on e4.
Here the queen is setting the stage for an pawn thrust to the center with pawn to f4 followed by e5
Black seems to be scoring well with this plan in the 21st century.
This chaotic attack had only been seen once in 1967 (Garcia-O’Kelley, Costa Del Sol) and once in 1968 (Messing- Minic, Belgrade) and white did not win either encounter.
Daaim Shabazz states: (page 126)
“Black must react quickly. It is interesting that usually one would counter a flank attack by a central thrust, but Yudasin tries a flank attack of his own.”
as black would have better piece organization and king safety.
Daaim Shabazz states: (page 128)
“This move is twofold: It increases king safety and now makes the g-file available for a rook battering ram. According to ancient Chinese philosopher and military strategist Sun Tzu, ‘To surrounded enemy, you must leave a way of escape. Show him there is a road to safety, and so create in his mind that there is an alternative to death. Then strike.’ Tate gives a glimmer of hope, and Yudasin flees . . . to safety?”
It’s hard to imagine that playing pawn to b4 here is actually the beginning of an attack on black’s castled king. Attacks like these are literally out of this world which is why Emory’s friends sometimes joked and referred to Emory Tate as extraterrestrial or E.T.
18…Qxb4 $2 19.Nc6 Qb7 20.Nxe7+
Emory was extremely proud of this positional sacrifice and enjoyed stumping classes of advanced young students on this move. I took notes during one of these occasions and what follows is Emory’s own analysis of moves suggested by students:
is worth investigation but after
19…Qxd4 20.Bb2 Bxg5 21.Rg1 Bf6 22.Nd1 Qb6
leaves black a pawn up.
was also suggested
19…Nxc3 20.Rxc3 Qb7 21.Nc6 Rfe8 22.Nxe7+ Rxe7
is ok but still not as good as the move from the game.
19.Nxa4 Qxd4 20.c3 Qa7
and white has created too many weaknesses without compensation.
is clearly a big mistake.
19…Nxc3 20.Rxc3 Qxd4
Emory smiled when 19Nd5 was suggested by a young master.
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Each Wednesday we will assign each student a video and chess problems to complete. We will have different groups doing different activities or lessons at various times based on their ages and experience levels. Please be sure to fill out the About Me and Chess form before the first meeting.
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We are designing all clubs and camps so children will be broken into smaller groups based on age and skill levels and given instructions on which activities to do. This will allow us to accommodate children of all ages and chess abilities.
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Chess notation and musical notation have a fair amount in common. Those who have studied diligently are rewarded with a chessboard/symphony in their mind. Still, reading musical notation and/or recording chess games are arguably the least fun aspects of “playing.” Some instructors even claim that it slows the learning process while new students find the practice dull or even revolting.
As a musician, I find that it is helpful remember that when learning a piece of music you can go as slowly as you need. Unless you are studying at a college level, no one should have a hard deadline to finish at a certain time. In the real world, a great deal of musical literacy has no speed necessity on the sight understanding part. It’s much more critical for practicing musicians to learn it right. Always remember that trying to learn a new piece of music to fast will undoubtably end up in working twice as hard to fix already well practiced mistakes.
As a chess player, the basic rules of chess are not very difficult to learn/teach but most new players despise notating their games at first. It’s simply much more fun to play 15 games in 1 hour than spend 1 hour focusing on playing and recording one game well. In chess, forging ahead without learning to notate properly will undoubtedly hurt newer players in the long run as they will repeat mistakes rather than learning from them. In youth chess tournaments, only the least skilled players do not notate their games and in professional circles, every player does.
As an instructor, I require that my students be either musically or chess literate based on their field of study. IMHO if you wish to have long term success in either art form you simply must be willing to put in the effort to build a foundational understanding. It stands to reason that such an understanding is much less likely without sufficient literacy in the art for which you hope to achieve success in.
Wyzant is a tutoring platform with many great educators. Having been a chess instructor for several decades, I recognize the profiles of many other highly qualified chess teachers. The whiteboard on Wyzant is easy to post chess problems on, I simply tilt the camera toward my demo board for demonstrating games and I play chess on a popular chess server while keeping our Wyzant connection open to have real time interaction with students during training games. As a chess coach, I really find that Wyzant offers everything I need to teach meaningful chess lessons on their platform.
I often describe finding the right chess instructor as a similar experience to finding the right pair of shoes. Wyzant offers a low risk way to find and try out a chess coach to see if it’s a good fit. Several of my online students have taken lessons from a couple other chess teachers before choosing my services which means that they are using Wyzant to make informed decisions as to which teacher fits them best. By empowering students in this way, Wyzant is helping to raise the bar for chess educators and I think that’s a wonderful thing.
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Answer: Below is a list of chess strategies known as Reuben Fine’s “Thirty Rules of Chess”. Chess is a complicated game and there will always be exceptions to any rule. However, it is a good exercise to understand why each item below is generally recognized as good chess strategy and to employ these rules in your own games.
TEN OPENING RULES
OPENwith aCENTER PAWN.
DON’Tmove the same piece twice.
Make asFEW PAWN MOVESas possible in the opening.
DON’Tbring out yourQUEENtoo early.
CASTLEas soon as possible, preferably on theKING SIDE.
ALWAYS PLAY TO GAIN CONTROL OF THE CENTER.
Try to maintain at leastONE PAWNin the center.
DON’T SACRIFICEwithout a clear and adequate reason.
For a sacrificed pawn you must:
a)GAIN THREE TEMPI,
d)BUILD UPa strong attack.
TEN MIDDLEGAME RULES
Have all your moves fit into definite plans.
Rules of Planing:
a) A planMUSTbe suggested bySOME FEATURE IN THE POSITION.
b) A planMUSTbe based onSOUND STRATEGIC PRINCIPLES.
c) A planMUST be FLEXIBLE,