Tactics Toddler -- From a learning game, a Budapest to boot!

Apr 30, 2016, 8:37 AM |

Throughout my learning, I've discovered that I seem to like gambits.  This probably isn't surprising.  After all, my teammates have drilled the paramount importance of development into my little brain and it has certainly resonated.   The advantages of a gambit, of course, include my being better developed for the price of a pawn.  


My teammates at Art of War have been most cooperative in my quest for learning.  We have a little saying, and I quote my specific teammate, Dacster13, on this one:

Being better developed increases the chances of tipping over the king.  


Sounds a little odd, doesn't it?   It came up in a funny way and I suppose that's why the saying sticks.   However the saying developed (no pun intended), it is engrained in my memory and definitely influences my games and reminds me of the principles of development. 

So... all of that said, we all know that I sometimes practice tactics at lunchtime.  I haven't done that in a few days, I've been reading and talking instead... but one afternoon, while chatting, I asked my teammate if we could do a practice game.  I have gotten burned many times when I was black and my opponents opened with a d pawn.  I have therefore learned a few different d pawn openings as black and I wanted to practice one.  Thus, this game was a "learning game".  It was also a take-back so that we could go over some examples and sequences.

This example is one where Dacster13 purposely made a foolish move.  We had discussed candidates and I chose to play a particular candidate.  Little did I know, there turned out to be a series of forced moves that led to ultimate checkmate.   I  didn't see it at first, of course.  But Dacster, AKA, "Mr. Click Click" did.  Checkmate in 8... how could I have missed it?

So this isn't so much of a "toddler".  I think it's a little tough.  Nevertheless, let's take a look at it.

As always, let me know how you did.  We will leave some other variations in the puzzle as well.

I've been told that this tactical motif is called "king hunt".   Perhaps that is a hint.   :P