Yes, you can become a chess master, here's how: part 9

Yes, you can become a chess master, here's how: part 9

NM Coach-Bill
Nov 19, 2014, 7:35 PM |

For those new to this series, feel free to check out my blog and see the first 8 parts. My mission for the last 2.5 years has been to teach you to teach yourself how to become a chess master. My YouTube videos show you how. This blog series is to assist your developement as a chess player. My Free video lessons group has a link to the right to join, come aboard and see your game improve!


Part 8 left off with a Bishop ending where I presented the final moves and suggested I missed some serious winning chances. Member DM_knight seems to have solved the question of where my opportunity was.


Here is the Position after 33...Ke6

I played 34. Bf3 but 34. Be4 may just outright win the game, and Black has a huge burden to prove otherwise. I mentioned I would show how I can teach you to analyze, let's look at a couple possibilities. All I am going to do is consider Black replies and how White might logically and aggressively continue. These won't be the only possible variations, but they should show White has the upper hand. Analyzing is easy, just move the pieces around and plan on how to keep your pieces to a plan.


So, let's look at two possible defenses for Black, 34....f5 and 34...Kd6. In both cases the weak pawn on b5 is probably doomed, then it's just technique. The move 34. Be4 might allow White to  set up an outside passed pawn which will draw the Black King away from defense of squares which the White King will use to assault b5.

So there you have it. I guess I was lulled into thinking it was a draw, but as I noted, my team still won the match.


Here is the complete game. My Nh3 move put me behind, causing the minor mess i was in when I introduced this game in part 7.