To know my future

To know my future

Apr 6, 2015, 11:50 PM |

This is my journal of thoughts, ideas, and plans, not particularly by me but what I see and read.

The man in the photo above is named Richard réti. He was born may 28, 1889 and died june 06, 1929. He wrote the book I've recently read "Modern ideas in chess" as you can tell by the years of his lifespan this book is far from "modern." The book should still be regarded as paramount, as it tells you of the past. It's my firm belief that "If you don't know your past, you wont have a future."

With that note we shall dig in to what he speak of in the book.

Réti first goes into detail about Paul morphy, speaking of his style as strictly devoloping and attacking the king as soon as possible with as many pieces as possible. This should be regarded as excellent play, developing, attacking, getting your king to safety what could be the problem? Nothing in fact as morphy not only did what would be considered best play today(to a degree) but he knew how his opponents would defend. In Morphy's time defending was an art not yet developed. Castling was a means of attacking not as much a matter king safety. This idea would come later with Wilhelm Steinitz.

The only problem with morphy's play would be that if his opponent developed and possibly closed the game, then Morphy would not have a long term plan(which at the time checkmate the king was the only plan studied.) The man to develop moves that were not so much about killing the king, rather aply pressure to the opponent's position was José Raúl Capablanca.

José Raúl Capablanca was not so much intent on developing every piece A.S.A.P. killing the king as fast as possible, but rather; making his developed pieces as active as possible even if he had to move "said piece" a few times to do so.

I will now show two games one with Morphy's style of play another by Capablanca. to show the difference in their play and ideas.

First Tarrasch-Em Lasker, with the style of morphy:


This next game is Capablanca-N.N.

Such play is brilliant even if just against an amateur.

This is the end of my first log.

Keep studying,