Henry Bird vs Wilhelm Steinitz

This position occurred in the game Bird -Steinitz (1866) and Steinitz played the winning move 66…b5+.     Bird reacted with 67.Kc3 and now we get an even more interesting position. Should you also have played 66…b5+ or would you have tried something like 66…a3? Are you able to win this won game? What are …

Bobby (Robert) James Fischer vs Mark Taimanov

One of the most famous games showing the Bishop versus Knight endgame is game number four in the quarterfinals of the candidates match between Robert James Fischer and Mark Taimanov. Fischer – Taimanov 1971 8/3k4/1pn2rp1/p1p2p1p/P1B2P1P/2P1RKP1/1P6/8 w – – 0 41         The next lesson in this series is about Zugzwang. Have you thought about writing about this amazing …

Opera Game: Paul Morphy vs Duke Karl and Count Isouard 1858

The game of this lesson between Paul Morphy and Carl Isouard that has been played in Paris 1858 is one of the most famous chess games. Morphy – Isouard (1858) It’s a very interesting short game and it contains at least five important chess lessons: Develop you chess pieces quickly Castling into safety The strategic …

Minor promotion (underpromotion) Secret Tactic

Minor promotion or underpromotion is the promotion of a pawn to a knight, bishop or rook. The player that has moved the pawn to the promotion square has to decide which piece to select: a queen, a rook, a bishop or a knight. It can not remain a pawn and according to the FIDE rules …