Adams-Torre, Greco and Laszlo Szabo. Some Beautiful Chess.

Adams-Torre, Greco and Laszlo Szabo. Some Beautiful Chess.


Evening everyone.

Some of you may have noticed that I have been posting some games from the incredible chess  legacy of Hungary of late.

There was one player in particular who I left on the back burner, because the article would be an easy one to put together.

Laszlo Szabo.

O.K, so 'easy to put together'!?

Indeed. I like to look at player's styles, and things that are recurrent themes in their games. With Szabo, one theme leaps out at you, so I am working on a thematic games post along those lines.

There was a quote that  I needed for it, so I went hunting through this book.

And what a book it is!!

In terms of autobiographical games collections, it is - despite the lack of illustrations - one of the absolute best. A real gem, and I love it!

So, I eventually found the quote, and realized that the game it was hidden away in was a truly beautiful one in it's own right. There was also a game that is outside of the theme I am working on that jumped into my head.

So, in between supplying sausage sandwiches to the builders repairing our roof, I put this together, incorporating Szabo's notes from the above book, to keep myself occupied.

I hope you enjoy it - if you don't, take up basket weaving or something - chess is not for you!!

Two games from history. The first one is probably a fabrication, but let's not get into that debate!!

Still no dates loading with the game data. Will someone on the tech side of this site please sort it out, before guys like me who spend hours entering games get very annoyed!! Thanks.

And 'Philidor's Legacy'. You all know it. 

It was around long before Philidor. It was also known before the following game. However, this is the earliest that I know of where it appears in a game setting. Again, whether Greco's 'games' were actual games or analytical inventions is another debate. The finish is beautiful and unusual.

 So on to the two Szabo games. They are both really wonderful, and the same can be said of his notes.

One interesting thing struck me while putting the game files together - the stockfish engine running away in the background. I usually don't really notice it, but some of Szabo's analysis and evaluations are very complex and deep, so I kept my eyes open. 

The engine agrees with pretty much everything Szabo writes, which is fascinating in itself. This was a guy with real intuition and analytical skills. I will be back with more on him when I can get back to where I started!!

Thanks for reading.

From 1964.

And from 1975.