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A chess book-type thing I'm writing. Here is chapter 1. Enjoy!
“Tick. Tick. Tick.” The all so familiar sound was the only one in the room. Everyone was silent, staring in anticipation at the board, beads of sweat running down their foreheads.
For some, the clock was antagonizing. For others like Jake Ryan, it was soothing. He calmly studied the position, his eyes darting back and forth.
“Why is he taking so long?” thought 14-year-old Danny Thomas. “With a time control of 25 minutes, he should not be taking so much time. What does he see that I don’t?”
Indeed, this was the thought everyone except Jake were thinking. Finally, after an agonizing 5 minutes, he played Rxg5+!! Many of the observers gasped, while others just stared.
“Wait, what?” Danny thought. “I calculated that, but Rg7 should counter it… unless…” Danny’s eyes lit up with recognition. At that exact moment, Jake looked up and their eyes met. Jake winked to Danny as his opponent, the distinguished Levi Jackson, played Rg7.
Jake only had 2 minutes left on his clock, as opposed to Jackson’s 10. But it didn’t matter. Jake would play a move immediately, while Levi would take longer, calculated his way through. Finally, it came down to a critical position. Jake was clearly winning, but Levi had some tricks up his sleeve. He played Be4, and Jake settled into another think, having to be careful. He then made his move confidently, and with 15 seconds left on each clock, they start playing moves hectically. Back and forth they went, checking, manuvering, trading. Finally in the endgame Jake promoted, and after a few checks, Levi’s flag fell, causing the audience to burst out in applause.
Chess has become the favorite pastime of the world. Not only is it used for entertainment, but also to ease tensions and build relations between different countries. There are many great players in the world at this time, the most noticeable being Paul Reed. Reed is the World Champion, and his scientific approach to the game combined with his impeccable calculations earned him a reputation that exceeds many of his predecessors, including the famous Garry Kasparov and controversial Bobby Fischer.
However, he isn’t the only chess play the world has taken notice of.
American Jake Ryan grew up as a missionary’s son in Chile. In the province he lived in, chess was what everyone, from kids to adults were doing. However, being cut off from the rest of the chess world, they did not produce any players that exceeded the title of Fide Master.
Ryan, however, was a special case. His wild attacking style overwhelmed all his opposition, and after discovering his love for the game, he quickly rose above his peers, and then even the elders in the community. However, it was only a casual interest, until Drake Sanderson, a fellow missionary visited. Sanderson, who also happened to be a Grandmaster, played Ryan in a casual blitz game, and finally an expert saw the talent in this small province of Chile. Sanderson took 16-year-old Ryan, and trained him, eventually taking him all over the world. Ryan’s raw calculated and memory skills were unmatched, he saw things no one else could see. That is when the world took notice of Jake Ryan.
Here is chapter 2, but that's all I'm doing for now
Danny stepped out of the playing hall. “Hello Mr. Ryan, that was a magnificant game you played!”
“Why thank you” Jake replied. “So tell me… you are Danny right?”
“Um, yeah, how’d you know?”
“Well, I looked up your file. Says that you haven’t played any rated games, but you go to many events to watch. So, how are you at chess?”
“Um…” Danny paused. “I don’t play much”.
“Well, let’s play a friendly game shall we?”
A few minutes later, both players were sitting at a board. Danny had white, and the first move.
“Hmmmmm” Jake said. “So you’re an e4 player huh? Me too.”
1…e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nge7
“Let’s go into a sideline shall we? I’m in the mood for some fun”
4.c3 d6 5.b4 Bd7 6.0-0 Ng6 7.Ng5 h6 8.Nxf7!
“Hm nice move Danny”
8…Kxf7 9.Bc4+ Ke7 10.Qh5 Qe8 11.Qg5+!! hxg5 12.Bxg5#
“Great game Danny! Well played!”
“Thank you sir for the game. Why did you let me win though?”
“Heheh” said Jake mischeviously “I didn’t let you win. I put you through a test. You passed. Tell me, Danny, how would you like to become my student?”
Danny’s eyes widened “Become your… your student? Are you serious?”
Jake smiled “Completely.”
note the game in chapter 2 comes from an actualy game played
It’s been three years since Jake Ryan took up Danny Thomas as his student. Since then, Jake only increased in fame, blazing his way to the title. Danny became known as the greatest protégé the world has ever known, and the only chess player with similar analytical abilities as Ryan.
Grandmaster Pete Didinskii sat across the board from Jake Ryan. Unlike the match with Levi, this one was in a soundproof booth, with kibitzers watching the game on the screen. It was the semi-finals of the Annual World Championship Cycle Candidate’s Tournament. Jake had cleared away the competition, while Didinskii had played extremely accurately the entire time.
“Ok” Danny thought “Remember his weak spot…greed”
The first game had been a draw, meaning this second one would decide it. Jake has black in this game, and uninintimidatedly faces one of the leading experts in Italian theory
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 3…Bc5 4.c3 Qe7 5.0-0 d6 6.d4 Bb6 7.b4 Bg4 8.a4 a5 9.b5 Nd8 10.Ba3 f6 11.Ra2 Ne6 12.dxe5 fxe5 13.Qd5 Bxf3!
“And Ryan invites Didinskii to make some complications!” the lead commentator announces.
This silenced the kibitzers. Everyone wondered why Ryan gave away a rook. Only Danny knew that the attack was so important that the rook didn’t matter… and he also saw the potential in the future to play on Didinskii’s greed.
15.Qxa8+ Ke7 16.g3 Nf4 17.Re1 Qh5
“Four attackers on the lonely king… this is good” thought Danny.
The kibitzers were shocked by this move. Did Ryan not like his rooks? But this is what Danny and Ryan both saw on move 14.
The expected move. Didinskii’s greed earned him two rooks.
19…Qxh2+!! 20.Kxh2 Ng4+ 21.Nh3+ Kf1 22.Nh2#
This had the audience in an uproar. Jake had moved on the the final round of the tournament, with incredible foresight on move 14 that led up to mate due to Didinskii’s greed.
Note: Game taken from here http://www.chessgames.com/perl/chessgame?gid=1242961
going to publish the next chapter shortly
Pete Reed. World Champion for 6 years, not a single tournament loss in 8. The World Champion was at his peak.
Ryan had never faced Reed before. The media was all over the match, calling it the “match of the century”. And it was too be great indeed.
The first game Reed’s pure calculation skills trounced Ryan. The same followed the next four games, giving read a 5-0 score in the 24 game format. In the sixth game Ryan held to a miraculous draw. And the next 10 games after that were draws. 15 games had passed, with the score being 10-5 in Reed’s favor. Then history was made.
For the first time in 8 years, Reed was beaten in a chess game.
The loss phycologically messed up reed, and his play disinigrated . After 21 games, the score had gone 10-11 in Jake’s favor. Reed held a draw in the 22nd game, settling it at 10.5-11.5, with two climatic game left.
Game 23 however, was the most amusing one. Jake had White, and played 1.e4 e5 2.Ke2. The crown watched in horror as this opening played out. The entire time Jake played as if the whole thing was a joke, and the game went to Reed, who was disturbed by Jake’s lack of seriousness.
With the match tied 11.5-11.5, the final game would decide it all.
The kibitzing room was crowded. Danny watched Jake carefully. He didn’t understand the strategy of playing 2.Ke2, but the phycological affect was clear. The game, even though Jake seemed to be playing, was awfully close, and Reed knew that Jake had some oppurtunities that may have led to a better result, but had instead chosen more nerve-racking lines that were “fun”. In this game, Reed had white.
1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 c5 5.cxd5 Nxd5 6.e3 Nc6 7.Bd3 cxd4 8.exd4 Bb4 9.Bd2 Qa5 10.a3 Nxc3 11.axb4 Nxb4
“A remarkable continuation which appears
to give Black the advantage in every line. 11...Nxd1 is bad due to 12.bxa5 Nxb2 13.Be2 when the knight on b2 is trapped.” Said the lead commentator.
“White also displayed great resources. The alternatives are worse: 12.Bxh7 Rxh7 13.O-O Nxd1 14.Rxa5 b6 15.Ra3 Nxb2 16.Bxb4 Bb7 and Black is a pawn up. Or, 12.bxc3 Nxd3+ 13.Ke2 Qb5 14.Qa4 Nf4+ 15.Kd1 Qxa4+ 16.Rxa4 Bd7 and again Black has an extra pawn.”
“A spectacular move! 12...Nca2 13.Bb1 and White wins after 13...Qb5 14.Ne5, or 13...Qd5 14.Bxa2 Nxa2 15.Qa4+”
13.Bxd5 13...Nd3+ 14.Kf1 Nxd1 15.Ke2
“After this error, Black gains the advantage without a fight. The critical line is 15.Bb3 N1xf2 16.Ke2 Bd7!”
15...exd5 16.Rhxd1 Nxb2 17.Rdb1 Nc4 18.Rb5 O-O 19.Rxd5 Re8+ 20.Kd3 Be6 21.Rc5 Nd6 22.Ng5
“This error leads to further loss of material, but Black's position was close to winning in any case.”
22...Bf5+ 23.Kc3 h6 24.Bf4 b6 25.Rd5 Rac8+ 26.Kb4 a5+
27.Ka4 Bc2+ 28.Ka3 Nc4+
Reed studied the board for a couple of minutes, and then with a sigh, got up and walked away. It was over. Jake Ryan had become the World Champion with a final score of 12.5 to 11.5
“Great Job Jake!!!” exclaimed Danny.
“Thanks Dannny!” Jake said with a chuckle “Thanks for all your help… let’s go celebrate!”
Soon after the World Championship match, Danny turned 18. He left to pursue his own chess career, having learned all he could from the World Champion. Danny’s strength and fame rose, and he is the next protégé, ranking at 5 according to ratings.
Another protégé, Gabrial Hernandez, is also rising to fame, placing 4th. Frank Bedrich is one of the more creative masters, and at rank 3, is one of the strongest players. Paul Reed at 2, and Jake Ryan at #1, clearing away all opposition.
Jake defended his title that next year against Bedrich in a rematch, with a score of 12-9. The next year he had a rematch with Reed, dispatching him at 12-10.5, and after that beat Bedrich again.
Then came the day that Danny qualified for the candidate’s tournament.
Note: the game with annotations by Nunn (edited somewhat by me) http://www.chessgames.com/perl/chessgame?gid=1427250
because of the lack or interest, I'm going to stop posting here
could someone give me some feedback on the story? I dont even know if its good or not
its good, probably slow for some readers, um need to create some tension.
yeah its getting to the good part
This year’s candidate’s tournament was to be one of the largest events in all of chess history. For the first time, 8 players rated over 3200 would meet in a super-tournament, to see who would face the champion.
The roster consisted of #2 Paul Reed, #3 Frank Bedrich, #4 Gabriel Hernandez, #5 Danny Thomas, #6 Kasparsky Davis, #7 Levik Leo, #8 Yang Huang, and #9 Levi Jackson.
In the first round, Reed defeated Leo in both games, Hernandez and Huang played, and after 3 draws, the round went to Hernandez. Thomas and Jackson played, Thomas trouncing Jackson in both games. Davis and Bedrich had a very interesting battle, Kasparky’s computer-like style against Bedrich’s unusual creative style. However, Davis defeated the world #3 due to “lack of preperation”.
The second round was more dramatic. Reed and Hernandez played, with 7 draws before Hernandez defeated Reed after an emotional collapse. Thomas had a tough time against Davis’ calculation strength, but still manage to win the match.
Hernandez and Thomas, long time rivals, played in the last round. Thomas couldn’t find a way through Hernandez’s defense, leading to 16 draws until Thomas changed the opening in a risky move that Hernandez wasn’t prepared for and finally won.
The biggest World Championship match ever was going to take place. The master vs his student. Jake Ryan vs Danny Thomas.
“Cheers!” said Jake “To my student whom I will have the honor of playing!”
Danny wasn’t as cheerful. He didn’t really want to play his master for the World Championship title. But he knew that both players were going to give it their all. And only one could win.
Nice work and a good read. I vaguely remember that game ending with Nh2++ I think I saw it in one of those 'fireside book on chess' books which I had years back.
Please don't stop! The story is really great!
One question though, is this the Danny Thomas?
thanks guys! I will try to get another one on tonight or tomorow... and I made up all the names :)
sorry guys didnt have time tonight. Tommorow I will post the 47th game, and maybe the all awaited 48th :)
who do you think will win?
Ok guys. Sorry about my last post, I thought chapter 6 was out already :/ here is the next chapter, which covers the entire match except the last game
The first game was a disaster. Jake completely demolished Danny, who’s fear led to timid play. Danny recovered in the next game, playing aggresively for the win. And on it went. There were no draws, only dynamic wins from each side. The audience stared in wonder at positions only the two on the board could full understand. However slowly, Ryan got the upper hand.
That year, the World Championship had some changes. To win, you needed to not only reach 12 first, but win by two points. If it went up to 48 games, then whoever had the lead would be declared victor.
Ryan got a 10-5 lead, and it seemed he was going to bag it. But then Thomas got on a roll, and won 7 games against the champ, interrupted by one loss, leaving the score at 12-11. With one more game, Thomas could claim the victory. However, Ryan got his second wind, and they went back and forth, each gaining the one point advantage before losing it to the other before the second point was earned. It finally was at 23-23, with two games left.
If the match ended a draw, 24-24, Ryan would retain the title. This means that Danny needs at least a win and a draw, where all Ryan needs is 1 win to keep the title.
Both players sat down in the booth. Danny had white.
Both players were die hard e4 fans. Danny played this on a whim, changing it up.
“Wow” Danny thought “I didn’t know he could play an Indian game”
2.c4 c5 3.d5 b5
Neither player had ever ventured here as white, a sure surprise to the kibitzers
4.cxb5 a6 5.bxa6 Bxa6 6.Nc3 d6 7.Nf3 g6 8.g3 Bg7 9.h4 O-O 10.h5
Both sides have been quietly developing, now Thomas gets an attack rolling
10…Nxh5 11.Rxh5! gxh5 12.Qc2 Nd7 13.Bg5 Nf6 14.Bg2 Rb8 15.O-O-O Qa5 16.Rh1 Nxd5 17.Nxd5 Rxb2
Ryan is rolling his own attack
18.Nxe7+ Kh8 19.Qxh7+!!
The kibitzers were silent at this point, trying to follow along in their heads
19… Kxh7 20.Rxh5+ Bh6 21.Rxh6+ Kg7 22.Nf5+ Kg8 23.Bf6
Rc2+ 24.Kxc2 Qxa2+ 25.Bb2 Qc4+ 26.Bc3 f6
The attack has appeared to have died down, Ryan defended well
27…Re8 28.Bd5+! Qxd5 29.Rh8+!
Danny is throwing everything but the kitchen sink at Jake!!
Kxh8 30.Bxf6+ Kg8 31.Nh6+ Kf8 32.Nh7#
The audience burst out into applause. Danny had played incredibly well against the champ, and still had 30 minutes left on his clock to Ryan’s 2. It seemed like a new champion was about to be crowned.
Game taken from here http://www.chessgames.com/perl/chessgame?gid=1039163
Sorry guys I havent posted the next chapter yet, ive been really booked up. Hopefully soon I can write it so you all know who wins!
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