The German Jagdpanzer 38(t) otherwise known as the Hetzer. Picture from The Encyclopedia of Weapons of World War II: A Comprehensive Guide to Weapons Systems, Including Tanks, Small Arms, Warplanes, Artillery, Ships, and Submarines by Chris Bishop, pg. 47. In World War II, one particular class of weapon was widely used by both the … Continue reading Tank Destroyer Vehicles
The sixth post in the "Deluge of Endgames" series contains the knight endgames A. Kotov - S. Reshevsky (Zurich, 1953) and M. Taimanov - G. Stahlberg (Zurich, 1953).
The fifth installment of the "Deluge of Endgames" series includes the games M. Botvinnik - D. Bronstein (Moscow, 1951, Game 23) and S. Gligoric - M. Euwe (Zurich, 1953).
The fourth installment in the "Deluge of Endgames" series features the games V. Smyslov - V. Makogonov (Leningrad, 1947) and D. Bronstein - M. Botvinnik (Moscow, 1951, Game 6).
A continuation of the "Deluge of Endgames" series containing the games Em. Lasker - Ed. Lasker (New York, 1924) and P. Keres - S. Reshevsky (Leningrad, 1939).
A continuation of the "Deluge of Endgames" series.
Gideon Stahlberg was a Swedish international grandmaster who played from 1928 to 1967. He was in the top ten players in the world from late 1941 through 1954 with the exception of some months in 1946/47. According to chessmetrics, Stahlberg achieved a performance rating of 2817 in Buenos Aires in late 1947; he peaked at … Continue reading Orthodox QGD: The “Stahlberg Position”
A while ago, I thought that it would be an interesting project to analyze several endgames that I found interesting. As such, I analyzed quite a few different such endgames. Hopefully the reader also finds them interesting and learns something from them. Max Harmonist – Siegbert Tarrasch Breslau, 1889 0-1 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 … Continue reading A Deluge of Endgames – Part 1
I thought it would be an interesting project to find some spectacular sacrifices that I had never seen before, so I set some rules and started looking. So, what rules was I playing by? First, the game can’t be from one of the “name brand” attackers. That means no Morphy, Alekhine, Tal, Geller, Keres, Bronstein, … Continue reading 7 Great, “Obscure” Chess Sacrifices
After my discussion about fortresses, I felt that the next logical topic would be blockades. A blockade is essentially just the absolute restriction of a piece’s or pawn’s movement. A good blockade can restrict not just the blockaded piece, but also its compatriots. A good starting point might be what pieces to blockade with. Each … Continue reading A discussion of blockades
A fortress is a position in which one side is down material but has an impenetrable position. They will often allow a player to obtain a draw in an otherwise lost endgame and are important to study so you don’t end up like Sam Shankland. The general characteristics of a fortress are these: The stronger … Continue reading A discussion of fortresses