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Talking Tactics

Jan 21, 2015, 6:58 AM 0

Greetings.

This is week three of my blog posts. Last time (http://www.chess.com/blog/aayush1998/chess-without-boundaries) I had started off with initiating them with the nuances of the game, this time I moved onto a quick recap of what was taught last time.

The class started off with them submitting a practice worskheet on tactics I had assigned to them earlier, below are the problems I had given them.

(All problems taken from Fred Reinfield's 1001 Brillian Chess Sacrifices and Combinations)

This puzzle wasn't terribly difficult for them and they realized this involved a rather cheeky skewer.

The next one proved slightly more challenging.

As you can see, the first move would have been rather difficult for them to spot. However, I was able to judge their understanding of using a fork and a pin to their advantage.

With this puzzle, they got a hang of things and answered it quickly.

The last one was another challenge, and nobody got it. Though on discussing it, there was a collective 'Oh!'.

Evidently, they are not yet acquainted with the idea of 'thinking about the big picture'.

By the time we were done with discussing these puzzles, I had successfully managed to get an idea of what they had understood in the previous two weeks. There were still some issues in the way they wrote their notations and I quickly recapped it for them.

After we were done with notation, a kid requested me to give them more puzzles to solve, I was rather glad that he had asked since it showed the level of interest. The other kids also enthusiastically accepted the next set of problems I gave them and managed to solve them quickly and accurately.

The kids really enjoyed delivering the final blow.

To wrap the class up, I took them through the famous game Nimzowitsch played in 1911 against Alapin. The best part about showing them this game was that two kids were supposed to leave early, nevertheless, on my insistence, they stayed back to see this game. At the end of it, they remarked to me, "Sir, it was a really nice game, we would like to see more games like these next time onwards." I am presuming that the game was worth the time they spent staying back.

(The pgn was taken from: http://www.chessgames.com/perl/nph-chesspgn?text=1&gid=1102375

The prime idea behind showing them this game was to show how tactics are applied in real games, explain the importance of development and active play with central control. This game kind of formed the basis of my next lecture as I want to introduce them to opening play and teach them something like the Max Lange Attack or Guicco Piannissimo from white.