The above drawing was done by me!
(you are a lying sod Chandler...Ed)
OK. It was done by Gerrard Oswald especially for this site.
He also sent in this cartoon.
I suppose there had to be talent somewhere.
He actually has an impressive art portfolio that
bring forth lots of oohs and ahhs when people see it.
And yes I'm jealous and yes I hate him.
A King Tour
Well you have all seen a Knight's tour of the Chess board,
so how easy is it to do a King's tour? Very easy?
Of course it is. However to make it wee bit harder try doing it
with a Black King on e8 so the move number makes up a magic square.
All the ranks and files have to add up to 260.
Diagonals a1-h8 and h1-a8 have to add up to 260.
I don't expect any of you to try it so here is the solution.
For this week's game I loaded up my database of
1 million trillion trillion billion games +1.
I kept the theme of the Wandering King and looked for
the first game where the Black King landed on e1.
What a lucky guess. I stumbled across a fascinating game.
Kurt Richter v Heinz Kretschmar, Berlin 1925
The opening 1.d4 d5 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.Bg5 now called
The Verasov was a favourite of Richter's and some
sources, MCO 11 for instance call it the Richter/Verasov.
Kurt Richter. (pron. RrrrricTa).
What a great Chess playing name that is.
I wish I was called Kurt Richter.
I'm glad I'm not called Heinz Kretchmar.
Did he invent ketchup sauce?
Anyway. One of the finest collections of combinations
is 'Chess Combination as a Fine Art' by Golz (and Keres).
Crowood press ISBN 1-85223-285-4.
It's based on a collection of articles written by Richter
and put together by Werner Golz. (Keres writes the introduction).
313 positions are discussed in depth with more than a trace of
instructive humour and in 191 cases you are invited to find the
This is one of the few Chess books I have bought twice.
The first fell to bits after being in pocket for years.
Andrew Burnett told me he carries this book with him all
the time. When he has finished it, he starts reading it again.
And you thought some of his amazing combinations were a gift.
No. It's study, graft and crimping. Chess Combination as a Fine Art
makes the studying easier and enjoyable.
Krashstover v Seyforth, Bitterfeld 1957
Such were Krashnstover's sentiments when he was to play
from the apparently hopeless position shown below.
With a master stroke he did his opponent out of half a point,
which became a whole point as a result of Seyforth's
understandable vexation. We hope you enjoy the lucky find.
(answer at bottom)
Right, back to Kurt Richter v Heinz Kretschmar.
The game reached this position and
Richter's fertile imagination kicked in.
He produces a three piece sac combination which
was surely was based on intuition. First 21 Nxe6.
A few moves later we arrive here.
White has perpetual with 25 Qf6+ Ke8 26 Qg6+ etc.
Richter wants more and throws in the Rook with 25 Rxd4.
On move 29 White gives up the last piece.
White needs to get in the killing check with Qd6+
So 29 Bf2. from here on in the play is forced.
The Black King ends up on e8 and Black resigns.
[Click here to replay the game]
Kurt Richter v Heinz Kretschmar
1.d4 d5 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.Bg5 h6 4.Bh4 Bf5 5.f3 Nbd7 6.Nxd5 Nxd5 7.e4 Bxe4 8.fxe4 Ne3 9.Qd3 Nxf1 10.Qxf1 g5 11.Bg3 c6 12.0-0-0 Qa5 13.Kb1 Bg7 14.Ne2 Rf8 15.h4 f5 16.e5 e6 17.hxg5 hxg5 18.Rh7 Rg8 19.d5 cxd5 20.Nd4 Nf8 21.Nxe6 Nxe6 22.Qxf5 Qb6 23.Qg6+ Ke7 24.c4 d4 25.Rxd4 Qxd4 26.Qf6+ Kd7 27.Qf7+ Kc6 28.Qxe6+ Kc5 29.Bf2 Qxf2 30.Qd5+ Kb6 31.Qd6+ Ka5 32.b4+ Ka4 33.Qd7+ Kxb4 34.Qb5+ Kc3 35.Rh3+ Kd2 36.Qb2+ Ke1 37.Rh1+
After 37 Rh1+ White picks up the Queen with a
check and will no doubt mate in 7 or 8 moves.
Now what? Oh yes here is the Queen
from Snow White and the 7 Dwarfs.
Next quiz - can you name the 7 Dwarfs?
Answer to Krashstover v Seyforth
White hit upon the problem like move 1 Qf6!.
It is remarkable that there is no way to avoid
stalemate. e.g. 1...Kh7 2 Qxg7+ and no matter
how Black recaptures the Queen, it's stalemate.
In the game, Black found the only way to avoid
stalemate. 1..Kg8?? 2 Qxg6 and Black resigned.