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The Outer Limits: Phase 5, Multiple Queens

It is said that there are three phases of the chess game, opening, middlegame and endgame. In recent years chess writers have also drawn a distinction for a fourth phase of the game; when both players regain their queens in the endgame.

I would like to draw your attention to an even more rare zone of the chess game. Multiple queens for both sides is a true rarity in chess. The game becomes tense and crowded battle and the games are often short lived as checkmate, perpetual check and mass exchanges are likely outcomes. However there have been cases of four, five and even six queens existing on the chess board for an extended amount of time.

Welcome to phase five, a true outer limit of chess. Let us explore this strange dimension and attempt to keep our sanity intact as well as learn some new strategies and tactics of chessgames with multiple queens.

First let us look at a typical example.


Lessons learned:

1. King Shelter is of utmost importance.

2.Initiative is a really big deal.

3. Positional centraliztion of the Queen(s).

4. A material advantage still counts as mass exchanges to reduced endgames are possible.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 This next endgame study by Razumenko displays the importance of pins, checkmate nets and the potential of gaining yet more queens!

Phase 5 scenarios can arrive in the middlegame as well. Again, King safety and initiative are the two most critical elements.

                                                                              
If you think that Phase five positions may be your cup of tea then I can suggest you play the following opening with either color. By no means forced, it is one of the chess hot spots for double queen middlegames with over a dozen games and equal results for both colors.
Finally I leave you with one of the most amazing games I have ever seen. This was the only game I could find that had six queens on the board at the same time. I wonder if this was a prearranged game between friends or one of the most epic battles in chess history ?
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Please post any awesome phase 5 games you may have!
Carl "Coach" Boor

Comments


  • 17 months ago

    NimzoRoy

    Because Tal didn't want to win a QUEEN he wanted to win the GAME (in 2 more moves by "winning" the enemy KING via CHECKMATE)

  • 17 months ago

    mikenz7

    Someone help me.

    In the Tal/Kasparian game (second one down) why would Tal not play 89.QxQ+?

    89.   ....KxQ

    90. QxQ+ wins a queen??????????

  • 17 months ago

    NimzoRoy

    Here's a link to the greatest multiple queen game (5!!) never played (by Alekhine, no less)

    http://timkr.home.xs4all.nl/chess/al5q.htm

  • 17 months ago

    D_for_DJ

    The complex endgame. How i love you Kiss

  • 17 months ago

    srikanth_narahari

    Oh my goodness!

  • 17 months ago

    NM Petrosianic



  • 17 months ago

    Chess_Lover11

    Interesting and way beyond my calculations :P

  • 17 months ago

    Expertise87

    I enjoyed playing through these, but perhaps the Four Queens Variation is too complicated for me!

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