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Learning How to Play Chess
  


  
  
Getting Your Pieces Out -- "Get there first, with the most men!"

Maczuski vs Kolish - Paris (1864)  Scotch Game Play GamePrint Notes  |
      Attack and threaten as you get your "big guys" out quickly.
Morache vs Morphy - New York (1857) Evans Gambit Play Game  | Print Notes  |
      Watch for men lined up on the same file, row or diagonal.
Nimzovich vs Alapin - St. Petersburg (1914) French Defense Play Game  | Print Notes  |
      Victory is on files, rows and diagonals that lead to your opponent's King.

       

   Control the Center -- " The strongest position is on the high ground"

Marshall vs Pillsbury - Cambridge Springs, (1904)  Yugoslov Defense Play Game | Print Notes  |
      Your pieces have more power in the center of the board (they're usually useless if stuck in the corner).
Morphy vs Hampton - London, (1958)  Evans Gambit Play Game | Print Notes  |
      How to attack quickly with lots of pieces
Olsson vs Carlsen - Copenhagen (2003)   Gruenfeld Defense Play GamePrint Notes  |
      Relentless attack on an important center pawn

     

 
  Forks, Pins and Outposts

Walsh vs Chua - Dallas, Texas (2000)  Scandinavian Defense |  Notation ® | Print Notes  |
      Using "check" and other "threats" to gain an extra move
Rosanes vs Anderssen - Breslau (1862)  King's Gambit Declined Play Game  |  Print Notes  |
      Using your opponent's pieces to trap their own King
Gonzales vs Perrine - by mail (1943) Nimzo Indian Defense Play Game  |  Print Notes  |
      Force your opponent to make moves that are good for YOU.
Reti vs Capablanca - Berlin (1928)  Ruy Lopez Play Game  |  Print Notes  |
      A good defense turns into a good offense.

   

  Open Files and Diagonals

Capablanca vs Mattison - Karlsbad (1929) Nimzo-Indian Defense Play Game  | Print Notes  |
       There is power in pieces protecting each other and working together.
Mayet vs Anderssen - Berlin (1851) Spanish opening Play Game | Print Notes  |
      Using "sacrifice" to open a file or force a move
Paulsen vs Morphy - New York (1857)  Four Kinght's Game Play Game  |  Print Notes  |
      Free your own pieces and cramp your opponent's.
Morphy vs Brunswick & Isouard - Paris (1858)  Philador Defense Play Game  |  Print Notes  |
      A famous game -- you can learn from every move!
McConnell vs Morphy  - New Orleans (1850)  French Defense Play Game  |  Print Notes  |
      How to open and use open files

   
  Using your Knights

Kluger vs Nagy - Budahpest (1942) Sicilian Defense Play Game  | Print Notes  |
      Watch for "weak pocket" along pawn chains.  |  Watch for "over-worked protectors."
Capablanca vs Friedman - Cuernavaca, Mexico (1933)  Nimzo... Play Game | Print Notes  |
      Find your opponents weak points. | Attack using "soft spots" and "outposts."
Hammer vs Carlsen - Halkidiki, Greece (2003) Indian Defense Play Game  |  Print Notes  |
     Shows a modern way of attacking the center, PLUS how to make an early attack with a Knight..

  
  King-side Attack -- "Attack pieces around the King and break down the protection"

Capablanca vs Jaffe - New York (1910)  Queen's Gambit Play GamePrint Notes  |
      Force your opponent to make moves he doesn’t want to make.


  Back-rank Attack
-- "Use the edge of the board & the opponents own men to trap the King"

Alekine vs Koehlein - Dusseldorf (1908)  Queen's Pawn Opening Play GamePrint Notes  |
      Forcing your opponent to move his protection off the back rank so you can sweep in

  
  
Sacrifice

Anderssen vs Kieseritsky - London (1851)  "The Immortal Game" Play Game  |  Print Notes  |
      A strong center can force your opponent to waste moves while you get your "guys" out.
Morphy vs Anderssen - Paris (1858)  King's Gambit Accepted Play Game | Print Notes  |
      A good sacrifice can put your opponent's pieces right where you want them.
Morphy vs Rousseau - New Orleans (1849)  King's Gambit Accepted Play Game | Print Notes  |
      Find more than one good move before you make your final move -- you might find a great one!

  
  Visualizing moves

Capablanca vs Fonaroff - New York (1918)  Scotch Game Play Game | Print Notes  |
      Watch for "back-rank attacks."  |  Watch for moves that have more than one purpose.

  
  Play both sides

 Mulock vs Kostic - Cologne, Germany (1912)  Italian Game Play Game  | Print Notes  |
     Though you might have a good thing going, make sure you see what the other guy is doing..
Koltanowski vs 1 of 30 - Antwerp (1931)  Caro Kann Play GamePrint Notes  |
      Look as far ahead as you can on lines that look important.

 
  Using "lined up" pieces

 Troff vs Peczely - Porto Carras, Greece  (2010) Queen's Gambit Play GamePrint Notes  |
     When you see pieces lined up in a straight line, look for something good -- or bad.


  Combination play "using one move to set up another"

Anderssen vs Dufresne - Berlin (1852) "The Evergreen Game" Play GamePrint Notes  |
      Attack the same square with several pieces, especially squares near the enemy king.
Morphy vs Anderssen - Paris (1858)  Scandinavian Defense Play Game  | Print Notes  |
      Try to move your "big guys" only once until your piece are "out."

  
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