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Double Desperado Double Fork

Posted by Paul Anderson on April 5, 2015 at 9:10 AM

Game Of The Week


This week's game comes from the Colorado Springs Chess Club's March Swiss 75.  In the third round, I played the youngest player in the event, Selah Williams.  We got paired because I was the house player and don't get a game every week, which hasn't been good for me other than I get to play some new people.


I liked the position I got and even impressed Dan Prutz on the board next to me enough that he asked me about the position the following week.  It contained a fun tactical combination.


In my chess system, I have defined a tactic as: 


A chess move that creates an attack where the opponent cannot avoid a material loss on the player's next move. 


The idea was to keep the concept of a tactic as simple as possible and still cover those moves that players thought of as a tactic.  Of course, the definition had to be more complex than the simple rules of piece movement and the basic strategy of attacking.  Otherwise every move would be considered a tactic. 


Yet, I didn't want a definition too broad where the list of tactics became a bizarre, laundry-list of German names.  I wanted the tactic to be a basic idea beginners could easily comprehend.  So, I limited the tactic to a single move.


Of course, limiting the tactic to one move leaves out fun ideas like the Windmill, which most players would call a tactic.  I, however, wanted the tactic to be just one move.  Therefore, the Windmill was removed from the list of tactics, much like Pluto was removed from the list of planets, and the Windmill was added to the better suiting list of tactical combinations.


I think most players realize that the Windmill is just a Discovery (one move) repeated over and over until all the captures are exhausted.  While a beginner may certainly understand the Windmill, it has now been moved into the realm of intermediate chess ideas.


Intermediate chess ideas are slightly more complex and often involve multiple names.  In fact, the Windmill is also referred to as the See-Saw.  It took on its present name when Dutch Grandmaster, Max Euwe, was able to sting together 4 Discoverys while playing for the World Chess Championship inside an actual windmill.  So, part of the difficulty of becoming an intermediate chess player is having to double your chess lexicon.


Now that I have reached the expert level of chess, I am beginning to learn about the most difficult ideas to comprehend:  double tactical combinations.  These aren't just one tactic repeated over and over or two different tactics combined together.  These are multiple tactics combined together and repeated over and over.  These ideas are so advanced that they have yet to be named and added to the old book of chess tactics. 


Here is a position where my opponent and I string together 4 tactics into the newest idea in chess knowledge.  It includes 2 sacs and 2 forks, and I call it the Picnic.


White to move. 


See the diagram and answer here:


Double Desperado Double Fork


[Event "March Swiss 75"]

[Site ""]

[Date "2015.03.17"]

[Round "3.5"]

[White "Williams, Selah"]

[Black "Anderson, Paul"]

[Result "0-1"]

[ECO "B06"]

[PlyCount "96"]

[EventDate "2015.03.03"]

[TimeControl "4500+30"]


1. e4 c6 2. d4 g6 3. Nf3 Bg7 4. Bc4 d5 5. exd5

cxd5 6. Bb5+ Nc6 7. O-O Nf6 8. Bf4 O-O 9. Nc3 Bg4 10. Bxc6 bxc6 11. h3 Bxf3 12.

Qxf3 Qb6 13. Rfe1 Rfe8 14. b3 Qxd4 15. Ne2 Qe4 16. Qxe4 Nxe4 17. Rac1 c5 18. c4

d4 19. Nxd4 Nxf2 20. Nb5 Nd3 21. Nc7 Nxf4 22. Nxe8 Rxe8 23. Rcd1 Bd4+ 24. Kh1

e5 25. Kh2 e4 26. Rf1 Nd3 27. Rd2 g5 28. g4 Nf4 29. Rc2 e3 30. Re1 Nd3 31. Ree2

Be5+ 32. Kg1 Bf4 33. a3 Ne5 34. Kg2 Rd8 35. Kf1 Nc6 36. Ra2 Rd1+ 37. Kg2 Nd4

38. Reb2 a5 39. b4 cxb4 40. axb4 axb4 41. Ra8+ Kg7 42. Re8 b3 43. Re4 Nc2 44.

Kf3 Rd2 45. Re8 Ne1+ 46. Ke4 Rxb2 47. Kd4 Rd2+ 48. Kc3 b2 0-1


This Week In Chess


On March 31st, the Colorado Springs Chess Club finished the March Swiss 75 (5SS, G/75+30, $10 entry). 12 players battled on 6 boards this evening.  The prize pool equaled $80.01 and was split between 5 players.  Earle, Daniel, and Mark divided the 1st place prize ($38.01) while Dean and Josh split the U1700 ($24.00) and U1200 ($18.00) prizes.


Here are the results:


Score, Player, Prize


4.0 Earle P Wikle $12.67 1st

4.0 Daniel Herman $12.67 1st

4.0 Mark McGough $12.67 1st

2.5 Paul Dou Anderson

2.5 Jordan Myers

2.5 Dean W Brown $21.00 U1700 + U1200

2.5 Joshua Williams $21.00 U1700 + U1200

2.0 Anthea Jan Carson

2.0 Brian Jo Rountree

2.0 Shirley Herman

2.0 Dan Prutz

1.5 Jesse Williams

1.5 Teah Williams

1.0 Sara Herman

0.5 Justice Myers

0.5 Selah Williams

Categories: 2015

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