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  • To quote Grandmaster Chernev: "White
  • makes the best move on the board."
  • He places a pawn in the center and
  • opens diagonals for his Queen and
  • Bishop. This game is "Bruce A. Smith
  • vs. John Coffey" at the Indiana
  • University Chess Club during the
  • summer of 1975.

  • Black counters with the same. See if
  • you can guess which move each side
  • will make.

  • Develops a piece and attacks e5 that
  • Black might have to defend.

  • Black counters by attacking the e4
  • pawn.

  • White defends the e4 square thus
  • forcing Black to worry again about
  • losing the e5 square. In the process
  • he develops his Queen Knight.

  • Black counters with the same. We
  • have transposed to the Four Knight's
  • game.

  • In many openings it is good to bring
  • the Queen pawn up two squares because
  • it exerts more control on the center.
  • But it can also make White more
  • vulnerable to Bb4 that would pin the
  • knight to the king. But the black
  • pawn on e5 is now attacked twice and
  • only defended once, so black has to
  • make a decision.

  • Pretty much the only good move.
  • Alternatives like d6 or Bd6 leave
  • Black cramped.

  • White can make this move because the
  • pawn was defended once and attacked
  • twice. White has a slightly better
  • control of the center because of his
  • pawn on e4.

  • At first glance this looks logical
  • because it develops a bishop while
  • forcing white to defend his knight.
  • But slightly better is Bb4 because it
  • pins the knight on c3 and therefor
  • forces white to defend against Nxe4.

  • This move looks innocent by defending
  • the knight on d4, but it has a threat
  • as we will see shortly.

  • Black says to himself that White has
  • a pawn in the center, so why should
  • not Black? The problem is that he is
  • in danger of losing material and does
  • not realize it.

  • White takes the knight on c6 and
  • "uncovers" or "discovers" an attack
  • onto the c5 bishop by the bishop on
  • e3.

  • Black had both his Queen and his
  • Bishop under attack, so there was
  • very little he could do about it. He
  • could have played bxc6 but then after
  • Bxc5 he can't castle across the f8
  • square that is attacked by the
  • bishop.

  • White's e4 pawn was attack twice and
  • only defended once. The chess master
  • is being very precise here. He
  • could have just retreated his
  • endangered knight but instead he
  • counter attacks by threatening the
  • Queen.

  • Black simply fails to see the
  • disaster that is coming. The only
  • "safe" move was Qf8.

  • This bishop move pins the Queen to
  • the King and as a result Black must
  • lose his Queen. Instead he chose to
  • resign now. White wins the game.
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