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wonderful video! thanks a lot FM Mike Klein
Very entertainging. Thanks!
mike look at this game http://www.chess.com/echess/game?id=92330592
Black does not have to take the pawn;he can go somewhere else.
Remember the pawn!
At 13:16 the position is actually a draw in the following: Kg3 Be6 Kf2 Kxh2 Ke2 Kg2 Kd2 Kf2 Kc2 Ke2 Kb2 Kd2 Kxa2 Kc2!=. The king is cornered and so the king has no option but to toddle around a1 and a2 which is a draw.
Hey Mike, this is probably one of my favorite videos. As soon as I saw t I thought it would be great if you could do a video or two of examples from games played on chess.com. However as rare as these situations are, it may be good to post a blog that you are doing this if you choose too do so so that everyone has access instead of diamond members only who see videos.
I have a game I played just today. 3/17/2014. Unfortunately I don't know how to post it with a board or anything but here is the move list and you can see it or not. It is kind of long. The important part is after I get my queen back. I got the king trapped on two squares and wondered the best way to win and then realized that it was on the a8 to h1 diagonal and a8 was a promotion square so I got a bishop and won instantly.
While I can't deny having my game used would be nice, i would love to see this idea used with or without my game. And even if you don't look at it it may be very fun for other members to look at so here it is.
haha that's what I was thinking when I watched this @thechosen0ne - I mean, his line wins but it's way slower and unnecessary
At 8:21 isn't Bd8 then Bxa5 a lot easier to win!?
At 8:34, it still seems to me that black can draw with Kc5. White moves the king with discovered check, but he has to move it back to the 2nd rank, so when he tries to get in via e3 he's blocking the bishop again and the moves repeat. If the bishop moves further up the diagonal (c5, b6, or a7) it seems like the black king can move back and forth between c6 and b7 so the bishop can only avoid capture by going back to d4, cutting the king off again. Can anyone give me the decisive line for white? Thanks in advance.
By the way, here's a fun one which has some underpromotion in it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=laLKG2hyuh4&feature=youtube_gdata_player
UPDATE: The computer gets the bishop behind the pawns so it can attack the a5 pawn, I guess the black king can't save the a5 pawn without letting the white king in.
My first underpromotion was during a match against a friend back in the mid 90s.
by FM Mike Klein
A smörgåsbord of chess games and puzzles today come to you from FM Klein, all with one theme - the lady doesn't dance. You'll see underpromotion compositions, two cases in the same game, and a recent Super-GM example. The tactic is rare enough that it produces a smile for even the top players, but not so rare that you'll never have to use it. Watch a handful more usages, and share any personal examples in the comments below!
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FM Mike Klein
Mike Klein began playing chess at the age of four in Charlotte, NC. In 1986, he lost to Josh Waitzkin at the National Championship featured in the movie "Searching for Bobby Fischer." In 1988, he won the K-3 National Championship, and eventually became North Carolina's youngest-ever master. In 1996, he won clear first for under-2250 players in the top section of the World Open. Mike has taught chess full-time for a dozen years in New York City and Charlotte, with his students and teams winning many national championships. He now works at Chess.com as the Director of Content.
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