Takchess Chess Improvement

A Novice chessplayer works to get better at chess using an improvement program based upon the methods of Michael de la Maza and the teachings of Dan Heisman

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Marching on a castled position

Here is a game I played on Playchess . Takchess vs David Ciannemea 1.23.08 . I ended up trying to break into this castled position and was not successful. What I am hoping to get out of the Art of Attack is to reach a point where I will have more success cracking into the King's bunker. Eventhough the position is even here I want to push forward to see if I can create something and determine what is the best move order in positions like these.

What occurred next is white (me) to move here played Rd g1 then black played h6? the question mark is according to Fritz.

I plan to work on this position to understand the elements and coordination of pawns/pieces in the attack and post my results.


  • At 10:29 AM, Blogger nemo said…

    For one, I think you meant to say Rdg1, not Rdg8. Also h6 is bad because it allows White to open up lines against Black's castle by means of Bishop sacrifice on h6, then by pushing the g-pawn. That's just my take on it.. I just finished that chapter in Art of Attack.

  • At 9:35 PM, Blogger drunknknite said…

    I don't think you need to sacrifice the bishop on h6, just take on f6 and then play g4, he must retreat his bishop otherwise you will open the g-file with g5 (this theme of forking a piece and a pawn to force a pawn exchange is very important), so Be7 is the only logical move, after that you can still play g5, he must play h5 or the g-file will open up and then you play g6, and he has the option of allowing you to open the g-file or if he plays something like f6 you sac the knight on e5 and after qh5 you are mating. So the conclusion after this simple line of thought is that the g-file will be opened by force after Black plays h6. Most times that an opponent pushes a pawn in front of his king this type of bayonet attack will work.

  • At 4:51 AM, Blogger takchess said…

    Thanks guys.
    Nemo I will make that adjustment. I will revise the post with the correction as well as what Fritz told me and what I had played later today.

    Drunknknite your analysis is right on target according to Fritz. Nice explanation as well.

  • At 8:53 AM, Blogger nemo said…

    I'm really impressed with drunknknite's analysis. I gained a lot of insight into the position that I otherwise would have just guessed incorrectly without his analysis. Very well written!

  • At 10:24 AM, Blogger drunknknite said…

    Glad that helped, I can definitely remember a time when this line would not come so naturally to me.


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