Teaching Chess

Try to imagine being a Chess teacher and your student, Garry, is presenting his game. His mother, who is from a country that produced a World Chess Champion, is drinking coffee and looking at magazines at a nearby table. The boy is being home schooled after having behavioral problems at school, such as pulling the fire alarm one too many times while maintaining all he did was “lean on it.” The Chess lesson is part of his home school program and it is needed, not wanted. The boy has about as much interest in Chess as I did at his age in crochet, if you get my drift…

1.e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. exd5 cxd5 4. Bd3 Nc6 5. c3 Qc7 6. h3 e6 7. Nf3 Bd6 8. O-O Nge7 9. Re1 O-O 10. b3 b6 11. Na3 a6 12. Nc2 b5

“Whoa…what kinda move is that?” Garry looks like his dog just died. “Any time your opponent has a Bishop lined up against your king side like that you’ve gotta be careful about the Bishop takes pawn, check, sacrifice, because sometimes the check leads to CHECKMATE! Maybe you should have played Ng6 to block the Bishop?!” you say. “He did not take the pawn with,” he says. “Lucky you dodged a bullet,” I reply. “Every Russian school boy would play Bishop takes pawn CHECK!” Sure enough his opponent played 13 Qe2, something I might play, you think, because of my penchant for playing Qe2. Wrong, Kemo Sabe! Even I know that every Russian taxi driver would play BxP+!!!

13…Ng6 14. Bd2 Nf4 15. Bxf4 Bxf4 16. Ne3 Bb7 17. Ng4 Rfe8 18. Qc2 h5 19. Ne3 Rac8 20. Qe2 Qd8 21. Rac1

Black to move

In this position Garry looks at you as if knowing what would be coming next as he slides his King from g8 to f8…

White to move

You have already excoriated the boy for an earlier move which was awful, almost bringing him to tears, so you must be careful what you say. “Why did you make that move, Garry?” you ask, glancing over at the mother, Luba, who can sense trouble. “I dunno,” comes the answer. “You don’t know? Do you mean you just randomly chose that particular move?”
“Well coach,” he says, “I had to make a move and I remembered you said something about moving your King toward the center to prepare for the endgame.”
“Eureka!” you think to yourself. “The kid remembered something!” Then it’s back to reality and you say, “But we’re still in the middle-game and the endgame is a long way away, is it not?”
“Yeah coach, but I’ll be ready for it!”
This brings a grin to the face of the old coach, and, glancing over, a grin appears on Luba’s face, too. So you ask the student if any other moves were considered and are surprised when he immediately replys, “Yeah,” as he moves the Bishop from f4 to h6. “Why would you retreat the Bishop?” you ask. Garry says, “I dunno coach, it just sorta fills a gap the h-pawn left when it moved.”
“That it does,” you say while glancing at a beaming Luba and see a smiling student sitting across from you. Then you explain that maybe he should have given some consideration to breaking in the center with e5, what with the Rook lined up against the white Queen, in lieu of moving the King toward the middle of the board. “Move the pawn to e5, Garry.” He does as told and you say, “What happens now?” He takes the pawn with 22. dxe5, and I take with the Knight, 22… Nxe5, before he takes with the Knight, 23. Nxe5, and I take with the Rook, 23…Rxe5. “What do you think about the position now, Garry?” In a droll way he answers, “I have a weak d-pawn.”
The clock is ticking and there is not, thankfully, much time left in the hour, so the board is returned to the position after 21…Kf8 and the coach makes white’s next move, 22 g3, attacking the Bishop. Garry immediately retreats the Bishop to h6 and looks up with a grinning from ear to ear…

Position after 22…Bh6

And the coach thinks, “All is right with the world,” before perfunctorily going through the remainder of the game as quickly as possible so as to be able to go outside and smoke a cigarette or three after bidding them adieu…

GM Vladislav Kovalev (2637) FID vs

VLADISLAV KOVALEV: ¿Una Siciliana con 4. Dxd4? – Ajedrez …

GM Bobby Cheng (2552) AUS

Bobby Cheng
Bobby Cheng | Photo: Eric Rosen

FIDE World Cup 2021 round 03-02

  1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. exd5 cxd5 4. Bd3 Nc6 5. c3 Qc7 6. h3 e6 7. Nf3 Bd6 8. O-O Nge7 9. Re1 O-O 10. b3 b6 11. Na3 a6 12. Nc2 b5 13. Qe2 Ng6 14. Bd2 Nf4 15. Bxf4 Bxf4 16. Ne3 Bb7 17. Ng4 Rfe8 18. Qc2 h5 19. Ne3 Rac8 20. Qe2 Qd8 21. Rac1 Kf8 22. g3 Bh6 23. Nh4 b4 24. Qxh5 bxc3 25. Rxc3 Nxd4 26. Rxc8 Bxc8 27. Nf3 Qf6 28. Nxd4 Qxd4 29. Qe2 Bxe3 30. Qxe3 Qxe3 31. fxe3 Ke7 32. Rc1 Kd6 33. b4 e5 34. h4 Bb7 35. Kf2 Re6 36. Be2 d4 37. exd4 exd4 38. Rc5 Re3 39. Ra5 Rc3 40. Bxa6 Rc2+ 41. Ke1 Be4 42. Ra3 Rb2 43. Bc4 Rxb4 44. Ra6+ Kc5 45. Bb3 Rb7 46. Kd2 f5 47. Ra5+ Kd6 48. Ra6+ Kc5 49. Ra5+ Kd6 50. Ra6+ Kc5 ½-½
GRABE ANG LAWAK NG KAALAMAN SA OPENING || GM Carlsen (2872) – GM Kovalev(2660) ||Tata 20 #136

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