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Combinations by the Dozen

Below are 12 beautiful combinations from games by various players throughout time. I've incorporated the entire games but displayed them from the point where the combination seems to originate.



Game 1
The first game is between the Kiev champion and future Russian champion (just a few months later) as well as future two-time world championship contender Efim Bogoljubov and the profound Richard Reti who is considered more a strategist than a tactical wizard.  However, this game highlights his deep tactical skill.

 


 

Game 2
Samuel or Saloman Lipschütz is considered by most one of the early US champions. Here he loses to the one time British champion, Joseph Blackburne who was no stranger to tactical brilliancies.

 





Game 3
                   Theodore Tylor



Theodore Tylor was a particularly intruiging player.  A lawyer and lecturer of law at Balliol College,  Tylor, legally blind, had captained the Oxford chess team, finshed 2nd behind Sultan Khan in the British Championship in 1933, was a 3 time British correspondence champion, often while playing on a tactile bopard.  His opponent, Willaim Winter was a two-time Bristish champion. Below, Tylor demonstrates the tactical abilitiy for which he was noted.



 




Game 4
This next game is from a simul given by Capablanca.  The Cuban champion shows his natural, almost casual, style with threats of combinations around every corner.

 





Game 5
23 year old Grigory Levenfish would later become a two-time Soviet champion and one of the strongest players in the world.  Alekhine, who was only 19 but already a leading Russian player,  shows the value of time over material.

 






Game 6
From the following game it's hard to believe that Max Euwe would eventually knock Alekhine from his world champion throne, but at the time of this game, Alekhine was already world champion material and Max Euwe was only 20 years old.

 





Game 7
The following game between Mikhail Tal and Alexander Tolush is quite famous - rightfully so.

 




Game 8
The "BCM," May 1891, published Bauer's obituary in which it claimed:
"In his style of play. Bauer was a true disciple of the modern Vienna school, safe rather than brilliant.  His theoretical knowledge was astonishing, and he added to it as 'infinite capacity' for analytical work." 
Lasker managed to break through his shield of safety in the sweet little game.

 




Game 9
Rashid Nezhmetdinov was one of the greatest attacking players of all time. Although he never gained a grandmaster title, the five-time Russian champion held a plus score against Boris Spassky. Below shows why.

 




Game 10
Celso Golmayo Zupide lost 2 out of 5 games to Morphy at Knight-odds after which Morphy deemed him too strong for such odds.  Sam Loyd had played and lost one game against Morphy, also at Knight-odds.  Here Loyd beats Golmayo on even terms with a combination worthy of a puzzle.

 





Game 11
The town of Breslau spawned more than it's share of noted chess players: Adolf Anderssen, Siegbert Tarrasch,  Daniel Harrwitz, (Johannes Zukertort attend the University of Breslau) and Jakob Rosanes. Rosanes, who would beome a highly respected mathematician, was 24 years younger than the legendary Anderssen and only 20 years old when the following game was played. Anderssen, an instructor at the
Friedrichs-Gymnasium in Breslau schooled his younger opponent in combinatinve chess.





Game 12

Luis Roux Cabral, 1939




Luis
Lisandro Roux Cabral had been the two-time champion of Uruguay. His play sparkled the board like scattering of precious gems.









 





Comments


  • 15 months ago

    -KotiK-

    game 12 was just sick! Also loved game 10 and game 2!

  • 15 months ago

    kiwi

    Thanks for the blog batgirl, I enjoyed looking at games 4 and 8 the most. Game 8 was pretty sweet in showing us how to capture the Queen and totally destroy blacks defense for the king. 

    Keep up the good work. 

    ~kiwi 

  • 15 months ago

    owlyboly

    Fancy Knight, try to find how black win in the next position ( from game #12 - 28.Bxf3 played instead of 28.h3 )

  • 15 months ago

    FancyKnight

  • 15 months ago

    daruma

    After Qc2, 35 Qxb3 Ra8+ 36. Qa3 Rxa3+ and white isn't winning but has enough compensation for the queen.

  • 15 months ago

    daruma

    Qc6 is hanging

  • 15 months ago

    batgirl

    Actually, that's entirely possible.  19th century players approached chess much differently than we do today.

  • 15 months ago

    wonderinguy

    P.S.   Or , i think Celso Golmayo simply liked Sam Loyd and beautiful things, too  Smile

  • 15 months ago

    wonderinguy

    Yes,no wonder that Celso Golmayo Zupide didnt find this line,though he had to try .

  • 15 months ago

    batgirl

    So, Sam Loyd is able to give people headaches even within dubious complications... that's good enough for me.

  • 15 months ago

    06-jwagg

    Rh3 does look really good.  Nc4 in response needs to be investigated, but it's midnight here and I have college in the morning so I'll leave that one in the hands of everyone else

  • 15 months ago

    06-jwagg

    By the way, if 11 Qa6 in my analysis, I believe the incredible Qb5 to be winning, with the knight dropping, and a8 finally falling under black's control

  • 15 months ago

    wonderinguy

    Sorry, i didn't notice that the Queen can't be taken . But simple Rh3 solves problem.

  • 15 months ago

    batgirl

    hmmm.... interesting.

  • 15 months ago

    06-jwagg

  • 15 months ago

    06-jwagg

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  • 15 months ago

    wonderinguy

    If black king is on h8 insted g8, everything works ok

  • 15 months ago

    wonderinguy

    06-jwagg  wrote

    What if Nd2 after Qc6?

      Qxc2

    We both know why that doesn't work


    Yes, i like Sam Loyd's puzzles very much, but this doesn't work properly.

  • 15 months ago

    06-jwagg

    06-jwagg  wrote

    What if Nd2 after Qc6?

      Qxc2

    We both know why that doesn't work

  • 15 months ago

    wonderinguy

    06-jwagg  wrote

    What if Nd2 after Qc6?

      Qxc2

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