Dance of the Knights. Gedeon Barcza.

Dance of the Knights. Gedeon Barcza.

simaginfan
simaginfan
Apr 7, 2018, 4:56 AM |
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Yep. That's Nureyev!

There is a piece of music that I love, by Prokofiev. Dance of the Knights, from the ballet Romeo and Juliet.

While you look through the games, open another window and run the extended version as background music! You can find it here:-

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O1wtyd3ld0I  

In my 'whysimaginfan' post, I touched on Gedeon Barcza, and his skill in handling knights. The relevant Karpov quote, from page three of his 'Chess is my Life'.

''Well, how did you manage to defeat the experienced Hungarian grandmaster Barcza'', asked Roshal. ''Very simply'', replied Karpov, ''i quickly exchanged off all the knights, and they are his favourite pieces''.

I know endgames aren't 'everyone's cup of tea', as we say in England, but please take the time to look at the longer games - they are works of chess art. I have input a number of the games from a book that i have spent many hours with.

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So put the music on, stick the games on autoplay, and settle back with Prokofiev, Barcza, and some dancing knights.


Barcza at the  Leipzig Olympiad. October 26th 1960.



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Check out the position on move 17 in this next one.