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Mobility Move

Posted by Paul Anderson on July 5, 2018 at 5:00 PM

Game Of The Week


This week's game comes from Tristan Cruz.  He is a newcomer to the Colorado Springs Chess Club on Tuesday nights.  He started chess back in 2014 as a youngster.  However, he didn't stick with it and took a 4 year break.  Now, he is in Colorado and looking to establish his rating.

Most of the time, I pick a Game Of The Week because of a tactical position I find in the game and can use as a chess diagram.  This week is different.

Chess Tactics are moves that can be played in one move and create a special pattern to cause a threat or threats that will result in a gain of material.  Sometimes these moves have to be strung together in a series of moves to actually realize the gain in material.  Then I call them Tactical Combinations.

However, these patterns can be used with Chess Strategy as well.  I simplify Chess Strategy into three kinds:  Mate, Material, and Mobility.  I call it the 3Ms of Chess.  Mobility refers to the speed and scope of your pieces (open files, open diagonals, outposts, etc.).

So, as I looked over Tristan's game, I thought that this position is not really a tactic but rather a strategic move that wins material.  See if you can find the Mobility Move.

Hint:  Mobility Moves can not only increase your pieces' Mobility but also decrease your opponents' Mobility.

Black to move

See the diagram and answer here:

Mobility Move

[Event "June Swiss 90"]

[Site ""]

[Date "2018.06.26"]

[Round "4.12"]

[White "Arispe, Joey"]

[Black "Cruz, Tristan"]

[Result "0-1"]

[ECO "C02"]

[WhiteElo "1192"]

[BlackElo "745"]

[PlyCount "86"]

[EventDate "2018.06.05"]

[TimeControl "5400+30"]

1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. e5 c5 4. c3 Nc6 5. Nf3 f6 6.

Bb5 Qb6 7. Bxc6+ Qxc6 8. Bf4 cxd4 9. cxd4 Bb4+ 10. Nbd2 b6 11. Rc1 Qb5 12. Qc2

Ba6 13. Qc6+ Qxc6 14. Rxc6 Bc8 15. O-O Bd7 16. Rc7 g5 17. Be3 g4 18. Ne1 Bb5

19. Rg7 f5 20. Nc2 Bxf1 21. Nxb4 Bb5 22. Bg5 Rc8 23. Nb1 h6 24. Be3 a5 25. a4

Be2 26. Na2 Rc2 27. Nac3 Bd3 28. Na3 Rxb2 29. Nab5 Bxb5 30. axb5 a4 31. Rc7 Rc2

32. Nxd5 Rxc7 33. Nxc7+ Ke7 34. Na6 Kd7 35. Kf1 Ne7 36. Nb4 Nd5 37. Nxd5 exd5

38. Bc1 Ra8 39. Ba3 Ra5 40. Ke2 Rxb5 41. Kd2 Rb3 42. Bd6 a3 43. Kc2 a2 0-1

This Week In Chess

On June 26th, the Colorado Springs Chess Club finised the June Swiss 90 event (4SS, G/90+30).

Standings. June Swiss 90

# Name Rtng Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Tot Prize

1 Josh S Bloomer 2324 W17 W4 W3 W5 4.0 $46.00 1st

2 Daniel Herman 2051 W15 L5 W18 W8 3.0 $8.00 2nd

3 Sara Herman 1971 W11 W8 L1 W9 3.0 $8.00 2nd

4 Brian Jo Rountree 1822 W12 L1 W10 W13 3.0 $8.00 2nd

5 Mark McGough 1779 W20 W2 W6 L1 3.0 $8.00 2nd

6 Paul D Anderson 2032 D10 W14 L5 W18 2.5

7 Peter Barlay 1927 W19 W9 U--- U--- 2.0

8 Michael Smith II 1635 W22 L3 W20 L2 2.0

9 Dean W Brown 1571 W13 L7 W12 L3 2.0 $7.00 U1600/unr

10 Ayush Vispute 1207 D6 D15 L4 W14 2.0 $7.00 U1600/unr

11 Joey Arispe 1192 L3 L20 W22 W21 2.0 $7.00 U1600/unr

12 Grayson Ed Harris 1009 L4 W21 L9 W17 2.0 $7.00 U1600/unr

13 Joel Hicks unr. L9 W19 W17 L4 2.0 $7.00 U1600/unr

14 Scott Ch Williams 1243 H--- L6 W15 L10 1.5 $5.00 GOW

15 Gerardo Cruz 1214 L2 D10 L14 W20 1.5 $5.00 GOW

16 William Leo Wolf 1580 W21 U--- U--- U--- 1.0

17 Clinton D Eads 1310 L1 W22 L13 L12 1.0

18 Derek Eskeldson 1302 H--- H--- L2 L6 1.0

19 Shirley Herman 1105 L7 L13 L21 W22 1.0

20 Daniel J Rupp 973 L5 W11 L8 L15 1.0

21 Tristan Cruz 745 L16 L12 W19 L11 1.0 $5.00 GOW

22 Lawrence R Osborn 898 L8 L17 L11 L19 0.0

Categories: 2018

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