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Checkers

  • GM BryanSmith
  • | Mar 29, 2012
  • | 14779 views
  • | 37 comments

As chess players, most of us have probably at some point played a game or two of checkers. Perhaps you even played more than a few games before deciding, as Rashid Nezhmetdinov did, that chess is just the better game (I hope nobody gets mad about that…) However, there is one pleasure of checkers that chess does not usually afford you – the multiple hops on diagonals, capturing several pieces in a row. Especially if you are a kid, I am sure there is nothing more fun than hopping over and capturing three or four pieces on one turn, then piling them up by the side of the board. Yet occasionally in chess you get the chance to do the same thing, such as in the following game.

What we are talking about here is the combinative destruction of the pawn chain, undermining it at the base. While White is carrying out the “checkers-style” captures, annihilating the black center, black is carrying out his own sequence, with his f-pawn mowing down a row of white pieces. Yet an important zwischenzug altered the sequence, and finally at the end White was left technically down in material, but with two powerful passed pawns in the center. With the help of a pretty tactic, White was able to say “queen me”. 

This was the fifth round game of my most recent tournament, the Zagreb Open. The tournament had started all right, with an easy win in round one against a 2250, a draw as black in the king’s Indian against a GM, then a draw with white against a GM where I was pressing a little bit but couldn’t make progress. However, in the fourth round I had lost as black against a GM in the King’s Indian, in a game where I basically did not get out of the opening, which was very dispiriting. Now I played as white against IM Srdjan Sale, and he surprised me with the Alekhine Defense. 

What could be better than having your calculations proven accurate and your evaluations proven correct, while also getting the chance to sacrifice the queen twice? Well, perhaps getting to make a triple jump leading to a "king-me"...

Comments


  • 3 years ago

    diogens

    Perfectly annotated as always, you make the game more understandable.

  • 3 years ago

    StrategicPlay

    I'd say.. GG. Poor Black. 

  • 3 years ago

    geebee74

    xcellent

  • 3 years ago

    gabrielconroy

    Great game. I actually stopped clicking through just before Qf3! and thought Qe6 jumped out (the obvious move), with ...Nf6 Qxe5 Bf7 and something like f4 or g4 looked winning for white as well, but Qf3 obviously seals the deal straight away.

  • 3 years ago

    Assassin135

    Ever since I started playing chess i've gotten a lot better at checkers. I Guess its because I got a lot better at thinking ahead since then. Every time I play checkers I see at least three triple jump opportunities four to five moves down the line. Then when they fall for my traps I can tell them that I saw it coming from a mile away. :)

    Chess rules!!!

  • 3 years ago

    melvinbluestone

    @fluzza:  Thanks for Nixon clip, fluzza!  ...... "Tricky Dick", always entertaining! Check out David Frye on youtube..... They have tons of clips.... Hilarious!

  • 3 years ago

    Vladan88

    hate checkers

  • 3 years ago

    3sdabovethemean

    King me!

  • 3 years ago

    Clemenz

    uww yeah, pretty sure its called draughts

  • 3 years ago

    THENUKA_U


    NICE

  • 3 years ago

    fluzza

  • 3 years ago

    ThunDerZ

    Great!

  • 3 years ago

    Chess_Lover11

    Nice game!

  • 3 years ago

    nyLsel

    Nice article!

  • 3 years ago

    AndyClifton

    Yeah, I remember looking at the win for 2 kings vs 1...something like 30 "only" moves in a row (eek!).

  • 3 years ago

    Thedavidfish

    Checkers... I just feel like I need to plan every move in advance until the end of the game. It would be as if I was playing chess, but with only pawns. Headache...

  • 3 years ago

    AndyClifton

    Wow, I've never even heard of this before... 

  • 3 years ago

    AndyClifton

    Aw come on, lay off of checkers!  We don't need chessplayers making any more odious comparisons between games (especially when it's usually predictable the one they're gonna pick to come out on top). Wink

  • 3 years ago

    McAlbion

    A very elegant win: I wish I could do that!

  • 3 years ago

    momyson

    checkers is dume

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