I Play Against Pieces
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More than 100 of the best games of Yugoslav grandmaster Svetozar Gligoric, once rated the strongest European chess player outside Russia. Gligoric's thoroughly objective approach to chess, always characterized by great clarity and logic, is unmistakable in this acclaimed volume, filled with instructive tactics and strategies. It's a wealth of model games--including classic wins against world champions and other top players.
Remember that you will be playing as whoever's turn it is in the position! If you want to play as the opposite side, you will need to click 'analysis' (the magnifying glass icon next to the computer icon) then make a move so that it is the other side's turn to play, then click the computer icon to finish vs computer from there.
In the 1950s and 1960s, Gligorić was one of the top players in the world. He was also among the world's most popular players, owing to his globe-trotting tournament schedule and a particularly engaging personality, reflected in the title of his autobiography, I Play Against Pieces (i.e., without hostility toward the opponent, and not differently against different players for "psychological" reasons; playing "the board and not the man").
Gligorić was a good student during his youth, with both academic and athletic successes that famously led to him to be invited to represent his school at a birthday celebration for Prince Peter, who later became King Peter II of Yugoslavia. He later recounted to International Master David Levy (who chronicled his chess career in The Chess of Gligoric) his distress at attending this gala event wearing poor clothing stemming from his family's impoverished condition. His first tournament success came in 1938 when he won the Belgrade Chess Club championship; however, World War II interrupted his chess progress for a time. During the war, Gligorić was a member of a partisan unit. A chance encounter with a chess-playing partisan officer led to his removal from combat.
Following World War II, Gligorić worked for several years as a journalist and organizer of chess tournaments. He continued to progress as a player and was awarded the International Master (IM) title in 1950 and the Grandmaster (GM) title in 1951, eventually making the transition to full-time chess professional. He continued active tournament play well into his sixties.
Gligorić was one of the most successful tournament players of the mid-20th century, with a number of tournament victories to his credit, but was less successful in competing for the World Chess Championship. He was Yugoslav champion in 1947 (joint), 1948 (joint), 1949, 1950, 1956, 1957, 1958 (joint), 1959, 1960, 1962, 1965 and 1971.
In 2019, FIDE established a fair play award named after Gligorić. The Fair Play Svetozar Gligoric Trophy is awarded annually by a three member commission in recognition of sportsmanship, integrity and the promotion ethical behavior within chess.
Welcome to our first article on the open games! As you probably know, open games consist on openings that begin with the moves 1.e4 e5. Since these moves are very often played on chess boards all over the world, and between players of all levels, it is of crucial importance to know all about these openings.
If Black replies in a passive way and does not take this pawn immediately, White may have the chance to push d4-d5 or play dxe5 and establish a great control of the central squares, while also gaining a lot of space.
However, you must keep one thing in mind: if your goal is to play this variation, you should be well-prepared in the Italian Game. Not only the Bishops on c4 and c5 resemble these positions, but also most of these lines end up directly transposing into this opening.
This is one of the aces you can have up your sleeve playing White. If you are well-prepared in both the Scotch Game and the Italian Game, you may try to swing your opponent between these two openings and catch him underprepared.
This is the most commonly played move in this position. By playing this move, Black understands that he might be, again, transposing into the Italian Game, this time into the Two Knights variation.
Diagram 1o portrays an exciting position, full of tactical ideas. White has sacrificed a piece, but the Knight on e4 is hopelessly lost, as it is pinned to the King by the e1 Rook. The Knight on c3 attacks both the Knight and the Queen. Once White regains the sacrificed piece, an even position will occur on the board, in which Black can easily equalize with precise play.
While this bold move may not be the most sound for Black, it definitely offers chances for interesting play. Players who like aggressive and double-edged games will feel at home in this variation.
By playing Nb1-c3, White agrees to transpose into the Four Knights Game. Even though we will have an article dedicated to exploring this opening alone, we must still cover its main ideas and plans, as White can force a very direct and concrete transposition into it.
In this variation, Black must be exceptionally prepared. The Mieses Variation requires memorization and accuracy. It leads to complications and sharp tactical lines, so only players who have carefully studied should play it in their games.
Black uses pins once more to delay the retreat of the Knight, this time with Bc8-a6. This is a clever idea, since it also develops a piece. After having moved the Queen to e7, it only makes sense for Black to play g6-Bg7, so that he does not have to waste another tempo moving the Queen away so that the Bishop can come out. It will be especially good for Black to have a Bishop in this diagonal once White has played b2-b3 to support the c4 pawn. The dark squares of the long diagonal are weakened.
On the other hand, by playing f2-f4, White has given the e5 pawn some great support. He has better control of the central squares and a space advantage, despite still having some development issues (for instance, the Bishop on f1).
Instead of taking back directly on c6, Black has a clever idea of developing a piece first, with Qd8-f6. This move threatens mate on f2 and Black will recapture the Knight only one move later. If Black plays accurately, White will not be able to reach anything more than equality out of the opening stage.
In addition to this, dxc6 opens up the way for a Rook to come to the d8 square and attack the Queen. Many players found the position on diagram 2l to be uncomfortable for White, as Black has easy development.
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This is the end game between Alexander Flamberg and Oldrich Duras from their meeting at Opatija in 1912. Duras, with the black pieces, obtains a victory against Flamberg just in two. Can you figure out his strategy?
Pieces move diagonally, always staying on the dark squares. Pieces can "slide" to an adjacent open square or "jump" over an opponent's pieces, removing them from the board. Normal pieces move toward the opposite side of the board.
But Riley and the Trojans understand the opportunity they have positioned themselves for in his first season at USC. To be ready to seize it, the Trojans need to put all the pieces together against Cal and build some momentum for the final stretch.
Quarterback Jack Plummer has been dealing with a neck issue. Though he is expected to play against USC, if he is limited it could lead Cal to lean more on freshman running back Jaydn Ott out of Norco High.
The narrative coming out of the national team camp, however, has been different than one might expect. Instead of the groaning you would expect of playing in sub-freezing temperatures, players have been expressing excitement.
"It's obviously cold out here but you know something that I've been used to growing up in New York and playing Academy games throughout the winter on turf fields," Tyler Adams said. "You're used to pushing this cold to the side and being able to play and enjoy it. The cold is not going to stop us from doing what we do. If anything, it's just going to cause us to run a little bit more to stay warm."
Of course, El Salvador is probably in for a rude awakening and they sit seventh in the eight-team Octagonal. The team is managed by former U.S. World Cup attacker Hugo Perez and played well at the Gold Cup but has struggled in World Cup qualifying. 781b155fdc