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    Hello Everyone,

    I'm a new member. Just want to shake hands and be friends with members here.

    For breaker, can you give me a piece of chess advice? If you are on your last breath and you want to give back to the chess community one piece of important chess advice before you leave, what would that be?

    Peace, Health, and Happiness in the New Year

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    Play slow games and think about every move - even the 'obvious' ones.

    Welcome!
    Alexander Alekhine is my chess hero.

    An eerie chess short story: The Empty Chair

    My newest chess story: Gamble: A Supernatural Chess Tale

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    • #3
      Greetings

      Develop, develop, develop, develop (rinse and repeat)
      Have you read the Forum rules?

      Queeg: Pawn to King Four. Holly: Horsie to King Bish Three.
      Rimmer: It's called a "knight," actually, Holly...
      Queeg: Knight to King Bishop three. Holly: Queen to Rook Eight. Checkmate.
      Queeg: That's an illegal move. Holly: Oh, sorry. Queens don't move like that. I was thinking of poker.
      Holly: Cleudo? You could be Colonel Mustard.
      Cat: If it's any help, I've been studying his tactics and there's a pattern emerging: Every time you make a move, he makes one too. *Winks to Holly*
      Holly: *Winks back* Thanks, Cat.
      --Red Dwarf

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      • #4
        The best advice I can give is be open to everyone's ideas equally as much as you criticize them. That way you are fair to both your improvement and the person you are analyzing with.
        I am a proud supporter of the GM Igor Smirnov way of teaching. If you would like to see the system and want to try out his teaching methods please follow this link: http://chess-teacher.com/affiliates/...?id=1517_2_3_1

        If you have questions/want a tutor inquire with messages. I am going to rewrite my web page and it will also go here.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by u2krazie View Post
          Hello Everyone,
          If you are on your last breath and you want to give back to the chess community one piece of important chess advice before you leave, what would that be?
          "Three pieces is mate (except when it isn't!)"
          "They work at the pace of amnesia."--M. Bloch

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Celadonite View Post
            "Three pieces is mate (except when it isn't!)"
            This advice is rare. I'm not familiar. Can you explain?

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            • #7
              The best chess book to study, is the one that you are writing.

              Victor

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              • #8
                Originally posted by u2krazie View Post
                This advice is rare. I'm not familiar. Can you explain?
                Hm, it sounds a lot like Tartakower.. I know it as the "three piece rule"; you sacrifice one and mate with the other two. Not three "pieces" (as in a knight or better) per se, two pieces and a pawn can be just as workable.
                There are all sorts of combinations and variations that can be led back to this rule of thumb.. a recent win in a 10 minute against a hapless 1500 (I'll forego serious analysis):

                1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Bg5 Be7 5.e5 Nfd7 6.h4 O-O 7.Bd3
                {Three pieces are heading towards h7: (1) the bishop on d3, (2) the queen on d1 after moving to h5, (3) the rook on h1 after the pawn has left the h-file.}
                7... Bxg5??
                {This is a game ender for all intents and purposes and make white's next a no-brainer.}
                8.Bxh7+!

                7... Kxh7 9.hxg5+ Kg8 10.Qh5
                {Alright, I've given up a piece and my two others are ready to mate. Black isn't in check and tries to defend.}
                10... f6
                {Time for another three-piece attack.}
                11.g6!
                {Black gave up a move short of mate, he can stop Qh7# only with Rf7 and he can't stop Qh8# at all. This is one of those standard attacks by the way.}


                So:
                Bishop + queen + rook followed by pawn + queen + rook.

                There are some other points that could be made based on this miniature, but that is all beside the point of the question asked
                As for the "except when it isn't" part, that's the tricky bit. There may be defenders (they were notably absent in the miniature above), which may require an extra piece to remove/distract/neutralise that defender or may cause the attack to just not work..

                It's a good rule of thumb to spot nasty tactics, but you have to calculate to see what is needed for it to work. Some other good advice from a master (whose name I can't remember for the life of me...): count the pieces you have attacking and subtract the pieces defending a square, a file, a rank, an area and use your numerical advantage; especially against the king. Even if an attack will not prove objectively sound, chances are your opponent will fail to defend properly against an attack with sufficient force.
                Have you read the Forum rules?

                Queeg: Pawn to King Four. Holly: Horsie to King Bish Three.
                Rimmer: It's called a "knight," actually, Holly...
                Queeg: Knight to King Bishop three. Holly: Queen to Rook Eight. Checkmate.
                Queeg: That's an illegal move. Holly: Oh, sorry. Queens don't move like that. I was thinking of poker.
                Holly: Cleudo? You could be Colonel Mustard.
                Cat: If it's any help, I've been studying his tactics and there's a pattern emerging: Every time you make a move, he makes one too. *Winks to Holly*
                Holly: *Winks back* Thanks, Cat.
                --Red Dwarf

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by u2krazie View Post
                  This advice is rare. I'm not familiar. Can you explain?
                  It's a take-off of a quote from Tartakower or Tarrasch--I forget which. The principle is that when you get three pieces in proximity to the opposing King, there's usually a mate to be had in only several moves if you look carefully at the position.

                  If you study a checkmated position, you'll usually be able to identify a piece blocking the king's retreat, another piece protecting the checkmating piece, and the piece which gives checkmate. Three pieces. (Of course, checkmates don't always require three pieces, as a Knight giving smothered mate or a back rank mate requiring only a couple Rooks. You'll sometimes find mates which have required four or five five pieces, several blocking various avenues of the King's retreat, one piece protecting the mating piece, and the mating piece itself. Anyways, when you have three pieces in proximity to the opposing King, look closely--there's probably a mate looming large.)
                  "They work at the pace of amnesia."--M. Bloch

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                  • #10
                    Welcome to the Forums! Lot of chess help here
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