Welcome to ManchesterUnitedFC1’s Daily Chess Post
Date: Thursday 26th of June, 2008 Australia
Welcome to my first post, today I’m going to start by giving you champs a trivia question, try to solve it. Statistically who is Garry Kasparov's favourite opponent? The answer is down below.
Now I will tell of one of my many favourite gambits. Today my chosen gambit is the Latvian Gambit which consists on the moves 1) e4 e5 2) Nf3 f5. It is also known as the Greco Counter Gambit, it was notably adopted by Behting and Nimzowitsch. It is also makes for a very exciting game because of the many situations that can arise. It’s now time for a chess puzzle. This one is really easy, black to move and win. Scroll down for the answer.
Trivia Question: Alexei Shirov Puzzle answer: Push the bishop pawn on c6 to c7 attcking and putting the king in checkmate. The king can't capture the pawn to get out of check because it is protected by the knight pawn on b6, the king can't escape to the left because of the White bishop or to the right because of the b6 pawn. It's CHECKMATE!
Now it’s time for me to give some advice for beginners, you may or may not know of the thirty main chess rules in this post I will go through the first three. They are 1) Open up a centre pawn. The centre pawns d4, e4 (white) and d5, e5 (black) are the most important pawns to move first. I would avoid though bringing out the rook and bishop pawns, two places. 2) Develop with threats, when you develop your pieces go and threaten to capture. If you develop by threatening pins, skewers and forks are easier to find. 3) Another rule that some don’t disagree with is knights before bishops. Especially as bishops are worth 3.5 points compared to 3.0 points for a knight.
Thanks for reading, feedback is welcome, I hope to improve it.