This is our last position for the week devoted to attacking a kingside castled position, and it’s a dandy! You get the whole game because there is so much going on and so much that could have gone on, that it is a remarkable instructional game. In 1927, Gustaf Nyholm took apart Ehrhardt Post. He signaled his attacking intentions right from the get-go. He finishes the game by move 19, so he did a really good job of demolishing that kingside castled position. There were other ways to go, though, and they are instructional as well. It is worth playing this game through using the notes in the solution. It will sharpen your attacking skills.
We’re looking at kingside mating attacks this week. Black’s kingside has already been shot up a bit. Black, though, is threatening Qc5+ followed by Rc1, so White had better get busy!
It cannot be emphasized enough that you need to know how to attack a kingside castled position. As with those medieval castle, the attacker needs to learn how to break through the walls. Here’s your chance:
This is our last look this week at IM Igor Khmelnitsky’s Chess Exam books. His exams include endgames, without doubt the bane of most chess players. Here, Black is trying to win. How would you go about it?
We are looking at some samples of positions chosen by IM Igor Khmelnitsky in his series of Chess Exam books. While many authors will choose positions with one tactical theme (e.g., interference, deflection, removal of the guard), he manages to find a position where Black uses all three! That’s enough of a hint.
Last week, we recommended the Lev Alburt series for tactical training. This week, we offer yet another superb series done by IM Igor Khmelnitsky. It’s known as the Chess Exam series. He offers very practical positions that aim at the heart of most amateurs’ weaknesses. A key weakness he covers is that moment when you have to act or see your advantage dissipate. It happens to all of us. Today’s position is a great example. Queens are off the board, White has better placed pieces, yet if White misses this moment, he could very well end up in a draw rather than a win because the pawn position is balanced. What would you do here?