October '00 Update
13 is Garry Kasparov's "lucky number" because his birthday is April 13th, and in 1985 he became the 13th official World Chess Champion. Well, now in this 13th 'monthly update' since the initial launch material in September 1999, we are lucky too because we get to enjoy a record-breaking quantity of goodies. Read on, and have lots of fun!
The e-pawn emperor's next e4-e5 'monthly update' will be posted on this Internet site towards the end of November, and in the meantime he will, as always, reply personally to as many e-mail messages as possible which come to MrMo@ChessPublishing.com. Right now, though, there's a tasty new collection of fresh games, puzzles, and other treats to bring you endless hours of enjoyment in a mega bumper-size October update. So let's swiftly move up a gear or two to tackle the first challenge coming rapidly towards us...
The game between FM Arthur van de Oudeweetering and Geert Legemaat in the semi-finals of the 1995 Dutch Championship opened with the moves 1 e4 Nc6 2 Nf3 e5 3 Nc3 Nf6 4 a3!?, thereby reaching the same interesting line which featured in game G11.3. However, instead of 4...Bc5, Legemaat chose 4...d6, but just 16 moves later he found himself about to be crushed in the following position:
Black is clearly in dire straits, and now at move 21 White delivered an instantly-fatal blow which you too are invited to find.
A solution will appear in the next 'update' on this site at the end of November.
The brainteaser was as follows:
The game between GM Jean-Marc Degraeve and IM Harmen Jonkman on September 3 at the Mondariz Zonal Tournament in Spain opened with the Centre Game 1 e4 e5 2 d4 exd4 3 Qxd4, and reached the following position after White's nineteenth move:
Although Black is a piece down, he now came up with a killing move which you too are invited to find.
The finish was 19...Rad8! (infinitely stronger for Black than 19...Qxe1? 20 Nf3) 20 Bd2 (20 Rc1 Qxc1+! 21 Kxc1 Rxe1# is neat too)
20...Qxd2! 21 Ne2 (all other moves also lose) 21...Qxd1+ 22 Rxd1 Rxd1+ 23 Nc1 Rxc1+! 0-1, and White resigned in view of 24 Kxc1 Re1#.
This regular feature puts the spotlight on a player of the past or present whose birthday was or still is a day in the current month. For example, super-GM Grigory Kaidanov (born in Russia on 11.10.1959, but now resident in America) is a truly world-class 'October birthday' player, and for our games G13.51 , G13.52 , and G12.18 , I've chosen three of his swift stunning victories.
Would YOU like to star in The Birthday Game? If so, please send an e-mail to MrMo@ChessPublishing.com sometime between the 1st and 15th day of the month preceding your birthday month, and include the following information to be considered by Mr Mo: your name, date & place of birth, and one of your own games starting with 1 e4 e5 (or another acceptable move-order such as 1 e4 Nc6 2 Nf3 e5 or 1 e4 d6 2 d4 Nf6 3 Nc3 e5). Although annotations are not strictly necessary (since Mr Mo will always analyse the game too), your own personal notes would certainly be most welcomed. Please do mention where and when the game was played, and also state the players' names (together with ratings, if applicable).
Don't be shy-let us celebrate YOUR birthday too!
By the way, since James Bond is about the same age as myself- we both 'arrived on the scene' in 1962, as my delivery doctor knows like 007's Dr No!- I'll conclude this section with 'Happy Birthday' in 007 different languages that I've had at least some exposure to:
Happy Birthday (English)
Shengri kuai le (Mandarin)
Heureux Anniversaire (French)
Gelukkig Verjaardag (Dutch)
Herzliche Wünsche zum Geburtstag (German)
Buon Compleanno (Italian)
Special thanks to Joe Bacon, Richard Furness, and Hugo "Boss" van Steenwinckel, all of whom recently sent me very useful information which certainly enhances the quality of this e4-e5 Internet site.
This thirteenth update (since the initial launch material in September 1999) is dedicated to Joe Bacon (who recently sent me a fascinating e-mail message which is discussed in the special Reflection Zone section for subscribers) and to my friend Richard Furness, a renowned International Arbiter who makes an extra-special contribution to the Hero of the Month feature.
Tons of fresh mouth-watering goodies await us, including a king-size helping of Ruy Lopez games in the quartet G13.50 , G13.51 , G13.52 and G13.53 where you'll also find other handy supplementary bonuses.
In general, the action-packed battles are made even more irresistible by the presence of related challenging puzzles, which can also be seen in the section called "Puzzle Paradise".
And the feast is still far from over yet...! Further courses include the very select stimulating material that appears in the Reflection Zone , but only subscribers can access that section and all the juicy annotated games too.
It's a personal choice, but for me three of the Most Outstanding Moves from the games within this month's update material are played by super-GM Grigory Kaidanov. There's his sacrifice 22...Rxe3! which more than rocks GM Tal Shaked in G12.18 ; then a bishop blasts the opposition through 20...Bxg3! in G13.51 ; and finally it's a knight that floors White with 25...Ne3! in G13.52.
The key idea here is that (although in general we focus on recent happenings) it still pays off to study some memorable older material. For instance, Grigory Kaidanov's opponents find themselves in triple trouble against the super-GM playing Black in games G12.18 and G13.51 -G13.52 , where White gets a fright all right!
Those encounters actually happened years ago, but these games being selected again now are still highly instructive (and entertaining too!).
Our Hero of the Month, Richard Furness, was born on 12th May 1937.
(i) Can you name the former World Champion who regained his title in that year?
(ii) Can you name a later World Champion who was born on 30th January 1937?
(iii) Can you name a top Hungarian grandmaster who was born on 4th April 1937? Answers will appear in next month's 'update', but meanwhile enjoy all the goodies awaiting you now on this site...
The puzzle was as follows:
Our Hero of the Month, IM Luke McShane, was born in 1984. Can you name the grandmaster who that year won the British Championship for his first time? Also, can you name the former World Chess Champion who passed away in the same year? An answer will appear in next month's 'update', but meanwhile enjoy all the goodies awaiting you now on this site...
Answers: Nigel Short; Tigran Petrosian
The previous launch and update material laid the foundations for further enjoyable adventures with 1 e4 e5 as our chosen starting point. Naturally, our own practical results with that opening will be linked to the amount of effort which we put in. In general, the more work we do, the better our results will be. That truth is encapsulated by the following wise and witty motto (whose author is, as far as I know, unknown!): "Success comes before work only in a dictionary".
The title sounds like a James Bond assignment, but it's actually much less dangerous! At the special request of subscriber Livio Olivetto, from July 2000 onwards all new main or complete games on this e4-e5 site have been labelled with an ECO code from the range C20-C99, to match the particular opening variations featured. The codes provide an extra means of identifying games containing one's own favourite opening lines, and so the codes are being given in the Index of New Games. Some people may like to construct, for their own personal use, a complete index of games according to ECO codes, but since I know that many readers would find its appearance to be rather abstract, I shall leave it as a project to be done at home only by people who are really big fans of ECO codes!
Main games have ECO code labels associated with their particular opening lines.
(bold indicates that the player had White)