May 27, 2017, 9:22 AM |

This post is dedicated to games where the normal value of pieces does not apply...due to diferent factors...a direct attack...or time for development....a specific pawn structure that allows for this....

I will start with a gem which I have posted before, with Bronstein's comments....it was played when Bronstein was 70 years old! He defeats Velimirovic with the Black pieces....a sight to behold!


Dragoljub Velimirovic


Davi Bronstein


Another game that qualifies, is a famous one by the author of the quote himself, Mikhail Tal....when he played Smyslov in the 1959 Candidate's Tournament, Smyslov had just lost his return match with Botvinnik....but Smyslov was still at the peak of his strength, and a very hard player to beat!

Moreover, when Smyslov played the Caro-Kann with Black, it was a tremendous weapon! His positional understanding and the solidity of his game made the Caro-Kann an extraordinary defense in Smyslov's hands! Yet Tal made it look so simple! He created such chaos at the board, I remember, the first time I saw this game, it was dizzying!

Tal-Smyslov, Candidates' Tournament, Bled 1961
(Just before Tal plays 7.Qxd4)

The following few games have been brought to my attention by Zenomorphy

Game 1
Byrne-Fischer, 1956
"Game of the Century"


Fischer, thinking, just before playing 17...Be6!!


Game 2

Simultaneous Exhibition,
Stuttgart, 1969


This next game is a real jewel...
Anand sparkles in his brilliance!


Vishwanathan Anand
(1969-    )


Of course, this blog would not be complete without Rashid Nezhmetdinov's game against Oleg Chernikov, from the 1962 USSR Team Championship.


Rashid G. Nezhmetdinov


In a theoretical position regarded as drawn, Nezh sacrifices his Queen for two minor pieces! His compensation lies in the fact tht Black's pawn position is fractured, leaving the d5 square in white's hands, and also White can bring down his pieces to bear down on f6, and therefore the Black King, very quickly. White develops an unstoppable initiative and attack on the kingside! The game ends with a wonderful tactical theme, reminding us of the famous Petrosian-Simagin game from 1956!

Here is another game suggested by Zenomorphy. It is a win by Spassky over Bronstein, at the very height of Bronstein's chess career! Spassky plays the King's Gambit, and sacrifices in the style of the Old Masters like Anderssen!


Boris Spassky
(1937-    )


The following game is also by Bronstein, and it is a remarkable game, in that, by sacrificing the exchange, Bronstein succeeds in shutting out the Black Queen from the main theater of action for a long time- enough compensation! Then he exchanges Queens, but his initiative keeps growing, until he develops a mating attack against the Black king!

So, the reason this game is here is because of the overarching concept by Bronstein, a world-class GM! I do hope it is an inspiration to those who read this blog.


In the following game, also suggested by Zenomorphy, Alexander Kochyev, playing with the Black pieces, destroys White's Mac Donnell Attack against the Sicilian Defense. Once Black starts dictating the tempo, his attack on the kingside builds up quite quickly, while white's attack against Black's queenside castling never gets a chance to become dangerous. Let us see!


And last, but not least, another recommendation by Zenomorphy...the famous Lewitsky-Marshall game, with the move 23..Qg3!!! It is said that when Marshall made this move, the spectators threw gold coins on the board!


Frank Marshall



The following game is a gem by Kasparov. With the Black pieces, he sacrifices his Queen for two minor pieces.... on move 12!!!....against Kramnik!


The following game is by one of my favorite players- Eduard Gufeld. It was played in a USSR Spartakiade (Team Championship) in 1957, the year Snyslov won the World Championship! So Smyslov was, I assume, in top form! Smyslov uses an unusual system from the White side of an English opening, with an early b4, seeking early queenside expansion. It is, of course, a valid idea, and it takes a Gufeld to show its tactical/strategical flaws!

But also, I may add, it is not everyday that one is called a "punk" by Botvinnik!

A great chess game, like a beautiful musical piece, is immortal! And it does not matter if it was not "perfect"! The beauty of the chess concept, the courage, the energy of the execution, they can all be part of a Master Work of Chess Art!

For me, this game carries such weight. Smyslov had a wide chess culture. His father was a Master-strength player, with a huge chess library. Thefore Smyslov had access to great moves, maneuvers, sacrifices and combinations of the Old Masters.

Some of smyslov's moves remind me of Zukertort, and Lasker, and Nimzowitch, in the power behind them! You feel the massive logic and energy behind his concepts! According to Kasparov, Smyslov was ahead of his time.

The following game, from the 1954 World Championship Match against Botvinnik, is a classic example of how the dynamic elements of a position outweigh the material ones in certain situations.

To create the conditions for such exceptions, to conceive and perceive the possibilities that allow for this to happen, to execute with courage and energy, and with great positional and tactical sense, well, it takes a Smyslov to do it!

Vassily Smyslov


The following game I have stolen from Simaginfan's post on Viktor Kupreichik...

It is an amazing game, showing the greatness of the Soviet School of Chess....Black sacrifices his Queen for great positional and tactical compensation....after a few moves, White is forced to give the Queen back, remaining 2 pawns down. Such is the greatness of this chess, that a Queen sacrifice leads....to a won ending! The rest, as they say, is a matter of technique, but even in that aspect Black's game does not fail to impress:


Viktor Kupreichik