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Supercharge day 1 - My goals - part 2

Supercharge day 1 - My goals - part 2

Jan 14, 2016, 2:48 PM 4

In this post I continue to share with you my experiences of the Day 1 of the  21 days to Supercharge your chess course 

In the last post I shared with you my goals about this course and gave a homework, to evaulate the position of the practical exercise of day 1 by using the criterias written before.

Thank you for your comments! Let us look how I evaulated the position:

There is a position analysis outline in  21 days to Supercharge your chess course  book which I needed to use to evaulate the position:

1. Material on the board:

The material is equal.

2. Presence of Threats:

White is ready to attack the queen by Nc5 and if Bxc5 then Bxc5 and white attacks the b4 knight, which is active, but indefended.
The c2 pawn is attacked and the e2 queen and f1 rook are on the same diagonal. Black may think Bb5 to attack them.

3. Position of the Kings:

The white king is castled and in a safe heaven. The black king is ready to castle, but still in the middle.

4. Presence of open files and diagonals:

White has a bishop on b6 which control critical squares c5, c7 and d8. The black e7 bishop has a good defensive role to defend the b4 knight and c5, d6, f6, d8. The d-file is open, but can not realy used by neither player, because the d1,d2,d3,d5,d6,d7,d8 square are protected. White can put his rook to d1, blakc can not his on d8. The half open c- and f-files are not useful.

5. Pawn structure, weak and strong squares:

b6 is weak in the black camp. c5 and d5 squares are weak in the black camp which can be used for white pieces to attack other objects. White's e4 and c2 pawns are vulnerable, e4 is isolated.

6. Center and space:

In the center both white and black has 1 pawn. It is a static center, because the pawns are blocking each other. White has a good chance to use the d5 square. White has a small space advantage in the queen side.

7. Development and Pieces Activity:

White has a small development advantage, because black's king is still in the center. Black has an active knight on b4, white has an active bishop in b6. The other pieces are around equaly active in the white and black camp.

White need to take immediate action to prevent the castling and use his development advantage.

I studied the example and added my own ideas:

White has a small development advantage, because black's king is still in the center. White need to take immediate action to prevent the castling and use his development advantage. 

1.Nc5 Bxc5 Black must take the knight. 

1...Qd6 2.Rad1 White gets a very active position. 2...Qb8 3.Rd2 0–0 is mistake, because the b4 knight has no way to escape. 4.Qc4 Wins.

2.Bxc5 The knight is under attack and could not be saved. Black need to counter-attack. 2...Bb5

3.Qf2! With this move white moves the queen away from the attack and protecting the bishop on c5 and pawn on c2 and he sacrifice the f1 rook for the bishop. By protecting the c5 bishop white prevents the castling of the black king. 

3.Nxb5? gives time for black to consolidate his position. 3...Rxc5 4.Nc3 0–0³ Black castled and he has an active position on the queenside. 



The b4 bishop stopped the castling. Black has an exchange advantage. White need to attack quickly. 

4.Rxf1? Bad, because the f2 queen us overloaded. 4...Nxc2 5.Qxc2 Rxc5 Black won a pawn. 6.Qa4+ Qc6 7.Qb4 0–0 Black castled and has a winning position. 

4...Bc4 5.b3 Forces the bishop to go back and it helps to active the other white bishop. 

5...Bb5 6.Nxb5 axb5 White sacrificed an exchange and 1. prevented black from castling 2. he has the pair of bishops 3. black has 2 weak isolated pawns on the b-file


7.Be2 White activated the bishop and attacks the target. 

7...Nxe4 8.Bxb5+ Kd8

9.Qa7 Moving the queen closer to the black's king and attacking the b7 pawn at the same time. 

9.Rd1+ This is a mistake, because gives time for the black king to escape. 9...Kc7 10.Qa7 Rhd8 Black protected his king and balance the position.


9...Qd5 10.Qb6+ Forces black to move to the pin. 


11.a6! Key idea. White need to open the a-file to activate the rook to penetrate to the black position. 

11...bxa6 12.Qb8+ Rc8

13.Qa7 With a mate-in–1 threat on e7 white wins time to save the queen and the bishop. 

13...Rc7 14.Ba5 Time to win back the material.


14...axb5 15.Qxc7+ Ke8

16.Qc8+ It was a small mistake, white can checkmate black in 6 moves. 

6.Bb4 Nf2+ 17.Kg1 Nh3+ 18.Kf1

Black can not defend against the saveral checkmate treats on a8, e7, c8. 18...Qxg2+ 19.Kxg2 Nf4+ 20.Kf1 f5 21.Ra8# 16...Ke7

17.Qxh8 Another mistake in a winning position. White should look for the counter-moves. 17.Bb4+ Important to open the a-file first. 17...Kf6 18.Qxh8 Qd4 19.Ra6+ Wins. 

17...Nf2+ Black played the right idea in the wrong move order, he should create the threat of the smothered mate, instead of the check. 17...Qd4! Attacks the rook and create a checkmate treat. 18.Qd8+ White should sacrifice the bishop to go to a winning endgame. (18.Re1

Nf2+ 19.Kg1 Nh3+ 20.Kh1 Qg1+ 21.Rxg1 Nf2#) 18...Qxd8 19.Bxd8+ Kxd8 20.Rd1+ Kc7 21.Rd5 Wins one of the pawns and the endgame.] 

18.Kg1 Qd4 Black created a checkmate treat.


19.Qd8+ Forcing the exchange of queens andn wins the f2 knight to go to a winning endgame.] [Here is the trick black had in mind: 19.c3?? Nh3+ 20.Kh1 Qg1+ 21.Rxg1 Nf2#; 19.Rf1 Nh3+ 20.Kh1 Qg1+ 21.Rxg1 Nf2#  19...Qxd8 20.Bxd8+ Kxd8 21.Kxf2


You can replay the first practical exercise of the 

21 days to Supercharge your chess course :


In the next step I solved 6 tactical puzzles. I show you them with the solutions I found.

Tactics Puzzle 1 of day 1:


Tactics Puzzle 2 of day 1:


Tactics Puzzle 3 of day 1:

Tactics Puzzle 4 of day 1:

It ended as an interesting endgame which I analyzed in details. There is a beaufitul line where the king dominates the knight:
Tactics Puzzle 5 of day 1:
Tactics Puzzle 6 of day 1:
The final step of the day was to solve the endgame lab puzzle. When I looked the starting position I got the idea it should be a stalemate or a draw by oposition. Here is my solution:
Conclusion of day 1 of the  21 days to Supercharge your chess course :
1. I created my goals about the course. It helped me to remember how important to have goals in life. It helps to focus and put in more energy.
2. I studied the method of play in the positions of an uncastled king:
 - prevent the castling
 - attack quickly
 - open files and diagonals for the pieces
 - sacrifice for time if necessary
3. I solved 6 tactics:someof the motives were to block the diagonals and forcing pieces to squares
4. I solved the endgame puzzle which showed the usage of opposition and stalemate.

I like the format of the daily training program because it improves all important areas. The uncastled king exersice was fun.

Reading the daily theory and solving the exercises improved my confidence too. I am happy to study again.

Until tomorrow you can find the details of the  21 days to Supercharge your chess course if you click here and you can become a student too.

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