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Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Learning lines in the Traxler (black to move)

Playing the Traxler leads to interesting positions (problems). I get so far and I forget the lines . With black to move in this position Rf8 not as it turned out here.

As it often turns out materialistic moves jockeying to take the bishop is wrong here. better to pin the knight to the king which is normally played in the traxler when you can.


  • At 8:52 AM, Blogger drunknknite said…

    When I used to play the Max Lange I had to learn very long lines like this and it was a little tedious especially since it seemed like if they knew what they were doing then it would be a draw.

    This game seems to be very different from that in that the ensuing positions still carry a lot of interesting opportunities for both sides.

    Last night I went through your game and when he moved his 20.Kc5 I stopped in awe a little bit that he was able to do such a thing. But then I quickly realized that he can't do such a thing. I got some ideas for an attack on the king and then I had Fritz help me iron them out, then I went backwards from there (after you play Ba6 he regains the advantage) to find where he made a mistake. There are some highly interesting possibilities, I have published my analysis below.

    When his king came out so far, you started moving your best pieces and you led a two piece attack, the correct response would have been to bring the queen or rook in which would win. This is also a core element in attacking, once a piece has been established at an aggressive post you should be hesitant to move it, especially when you have stronger pieces that are a couple moves away from participating.


    [18.b4!? and White should be able to maintain the advantage. He has secured the c3 square for his king.]

    18...b4+!= 19.Kxb4 a5+! 20.Kc5??

    [20.Ka3 Nb5+ 21.Ka4 (21.Kb3 Nd4+ 22.Kc3 transposes to the line below) 21...Bc6 22.Kb3 Nd4+ 23.Kc3 Nb5+ 24.Kd2 Qg5+ 25.Ke1 Qh4+ 26.Rf2 (26.Ke2 Qg4+ 27.Kd2=) 26...Qh1+ 27.Rf1 Qh4+=;

    20.Kc3 Nb5+ 21.Kc4 (21.Kd2= same as the line above) 21...Nd6+ 22.Kb3 a4+ 23.Kc3 Nb5+=]

    20...Qh4! 21.Kc4 Ba6+ 22.Kc3 Nf3! with the Queen on the open rank Black will mate shortly, the knight covers d2 and is immune to capture because of Qb4 mate.

    Hope this is helpful.

  • At 11:51 AM, Blogger takchess said…

    DK, very nice 8) I left Fritz running in deep position this am on one thing which Fritz felt that if I made a move white was forced to swap his queen for a Knight with no immediate mate in sight???

    So I may have something to add to this tomorrow plus info on a Tal Traxler in this line.


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