Sunday, January 6, 2008

1st circle complete!

I've just finished my first circle of Winning Chess Combinations!

Tal would be proud.

Now I want to see how quickly I can get through these next circles in order to completely absorb all the information while it's fresh in my mind. While Chess Tactics for Beginners gave me my start in basic tactics, Tal's WCC is giving me more experience in recognizing thematic mating attacks and especially how to combine attacks. Here's a recent game against an 1850 rated player that demonstrates what I've learned. I never would have thought to set up my attack like this before.

1. e4 e6
2. d4 d5
3. Nc3 Bb4
4. exd5 exd5
5.Nf3 Bg4
6. Bb5+ c6
7. Bd3 Qe7+
8. Be3 Nd7
9. 0-0 0-0-0
10. Bf4 f6
11. Re1 Qf7
12. Qd2 g5
13. Bg3 h5
14. Nb5 Bxd2
15. Nxa7#