Thursday, August 09, 2007

Conditions for a kingside attack

The Art of the Checkmate, by Renaud and Kahn, is the first annotated game collection I will work through when I finish the Circles (does anyone have the pgn of this book?). It has a lot of the same material as one of the most useful chess books I've ever read, How to beat your dad at chess, but all in the context of annotated games. In the following excerpt, they describe the conditions that tell you to look for a Kingside attack.
[I]f such an attack is to take place, certain preliminary conditions have to be fulfilled:

1) The castled position must show a weakness
There are two kinds of weaknesses:
a) Permanent and irrevocable ones, such as the advance of one of the Pawns protecting the castled position (KBP, KKtP, KRP).
b) Temporary ones, such as the removal of Pieces which defend the castled position. For instance, the removal of the King's Knight or one of the Pieces which protect the King's Knight; King's Bishop on K2; QKt on Q2; Queen on Q1.

2) The possibility of expoiting such a weakened position
For this it is necessary to have:
a) Open lines (files, ranks, or diagonals) on the castled position of the opponent.
b) Pieces on these open lines.
c) More Pieces for the attack than the opponent has for the defense. It is immaterial whether the Defender's total number of Pieces is superior to the Attacker's; the important point is that these Pieces have neither the time nor the opportunity to reach the defensive spot.

These are the principles which will constantly be used. They are equally applicable to positional and tactical play. In fact, they rule the conduct of the game.
Simple, to the point, and helpful. These are the kinds of principles I am starting to use to explain many of the tactics I encounter in Phase 5 of CTB.


Blogger Dinomike said...

This probably has more to do with the previous posts about classifying combinations (and it may be a bit off topic), but I have recently discovered some chess books which may be of interest to you.

If you go on Amazon you can find a bunch of books by a guy named Eugene Znosko-Borovsky which are apparantly under-rated classics.

They are also dirt cheap because they are in descriptive notation, which is readable but outdated.

They are practically giving them away. I think it cost me like $30 for 5 of the books (good used condition) and most of this was for shipping (the free shipping thing isn't worth it in this case).

One of the books is called "The Art of Chess Combination" and this may contain some interesting information about chess combinations and how they arise.

I haven't really read the books yet, so I can't guarantee anything, but if I find anything interesting I'll tell you.

8/09/2007 06:15:00 PM  
Blogger Blue Devil Knight said...

Thanks dinomike. I'll keep my eyes open!

8/09/2007 10:34:00 PM  
Blogger Temposchlucker said...

The conditions for a kingside attack start to look auspicious when I have played 1.e4:)

8/10/2007 01:26:00 AM  
Blogger transformation said...

I love both The Art of the Checkmate, How to Beat Your Dad at Chess, and Art of the Combination.

Znosko-Borovsky was not only a great chess player, who tangled with and beat many of the greatest of the greats, but was an erudite man of the world, with quotes from European intelectual history at the tip of his tongue.

I read the latter for a year, without a board, calculating variations, or, more specifically, trying to view the board.

as is well known, silman in his biography of HTRAYC raves, justly so, about this book, the best of the three, but i love rinaud-kahn, too, not to mention the utterly beautiful old, clean, typography as well. :)

not all modernisms are good or better, and the printing on this from the last ten or twenty years was better.

thank you.

good to see you back LikeF at the right site for YOU! Blogger!

8/10/2007 05:54:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great blog...
Eugene Znosko-Borovsky is quoted
"It is not a move, even the best move, that you must seek, but a realisable plan". If only I could do that with some regularity...

8/10/2007 03:15:00 PM  
Blogger Blue Devil Knight said...

Anon: I just read that last night in his book over at Amazon. Great advice!

8/10/2007 04:04:00 PM  

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