New PDF release: A Practical Guide to Rook Endgames

By Nikolay Minev, Yasser Seirawan

ISBN-10: 1888690224

ISBN-13: 9781888690224

Rook endgames characterize nearly half all endings reached in grasp video games, so, it is important that chess avid gamers completely familiarize themselves with this severe a part of endgame examine. enhance figuring out and play of those most vital endings, with those transparent, accomplished reasons.

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This wasn't the first time that IBM had pulled such a stunt. In 1948, their S elective Sequence Electronic Calculator (SSEC), a pioneering computer at that time, was installed in one of their buildings on Madison Avenue so that it was visible from the street. Passers-by gathered in groups at the windows watching the huge machine's blinking lights, spinning reels and printers ' The Build-up 51 spewing out data at the phenomenal rate of 30,000 digits per minute. At that time the SSEC led the field, and that's the impression that IBM had to get across with Deep Blue.

38 39 lDg2 'ii'e3 h5 Kasparov is now begging for an exchange of queens to relieve the pres­ sure. 2 Position after 39 'ii'e3 Black to play 39 40 41 42 43 44 'ij'd2 g4 fxg4 'ii'el lDe3 'ij'c4 'ij'e6+ hxg4+ 'ii'c4 �3+ 'ij'd3! A classy move. Instead of grabbing the first pawn available, it goes for the e-pawn - a centre pawn is a more valuable prize. This is a sign of maturity. A few years ago I can imagine a computer cash­ ing in straight away, but now a stronger positional feel has been incorporated into the programs.

I think that this was the real turning point in the game. I have seen Kaspar­ ov overwhelm his opponents with this kind of vicious counter-attack. He blasts his way through by sheer dint of effort and will. One can see his oppo­ nents cower with fear. I didn't see too much of that in this game. Instead, he could have sat tight by playing 25 ... Ud8 ! 26 1Wxb6 Ud7, but that's not Gazza's style. Ug8 White to play Just imagine, you are playing against Garry Kasparov, arguably the great­ est chess player that has ever lived; the game seems to be going well, but the Computers and Chess 41 mighty Gazza suddenly ditches his queenside pawns so as to launch a vicious kingside attack.

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