Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Tactic from History

White to move: [1.h4 h5 2.Kh2 g6 g3 resigns]. Black is in Zugzwang (think about it before highlighting the moves between the bracket) .

Is this really a terribly difficult or profound position? Not really. But at the beach today (after two days of work on our global middlegame collaborative effort, the reason for my relative blogger hiatus), I recognized the game instantly, and knew the game was based on the inevitable b5 push, and was a Nimzowitsch game.

I admit, my instant thought was Nimzowitsch-Johner, which of course it is not: it is the classic Alekhine-Nimzowitsch 1930 game. But having looked at thousands of GM games, I knew in about two seconds that it was Nimzowitsch. It does sink in. How many of you recognized this, or recognized the position at a glance?

Geartness: A Triumphant Nadal. The end of an era, doubtless painful for Roger Federer recently at Wimbleton

Lots going on behind the scenes. More latter. Warmest congratulations to blunderprone, likeForests, Getting to 2000, and chessLoser simply for making it to the World Open. Man. Also double kudos to likeForests, 5th in the unrated at the recent World Open in Philadelphia. Outstanding.

Why am I blogging less? It is the intensity of our gmC effort (only 4,158 positions, rendered by six persons, link above), and deep immersion on chessBase GM games (extensively) when not otherwise occupied. My passion and interest is not less, just am full, full, full and full.

American Swimmer: Michael Phelps chasing phenomenon and legend Mark Spitz in Olympic Glory: in pursuit of more gold metals, a body made for the pool!

Polly! [1].

Warmest, dk]

[1] If I keep posting decent pictures, sooner rather than latter I will perhaps re-earn my right to post more femaile, erotic pictures guys!