Chess Mazes by Bruce Alberston
By Bruce Alberston
An excellent puzzle ebook to inspire the improvement of chess visualization. The making plans and visualization abilities taught right here translate on to over-the-board chess and feature many different purposes to boot, for avid gamers and teachers alike.
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A6 We? ) 8 . �b7 ie2 8 . . Wb8 1d3 prolongs the resistance, bur I will follow the lines given in Averbakh's book. Here the bishop was on g4 and the bishop check is not possible. �c7 �e6 12J"�d4 Black is in zugzwang and will have to put his bishop out in the open, thus allowing White to gain a tempo to chase the black king further away. 12 ... ld6t �e5 14. ie2 15. lb6 Black cannot stay put and j ust make a king move as White threatens to capture on b5 and promote the a-pawn. d4 . %e6 And to win a tempo White here used the fact that the a-pawn was left without protection.
1"le7 he thinks that White has too many tricky knight moves! 36 . . 1"l b 5 ! to chase away the annoying knight was the right move. �e4 �e7 Once again Black should have played 37 . . 1"l b 5 ! @g2 �b2 4 1 . �a5 White is, of course, not interested in a rook swap as this would make the defensive task easier. And without White's rook it will be possible to move the kingside pawns in some lines - I am not sure if White can arrange to sacrifice two knights for rook and pawn to enter a won ending. h5 Shereshevsky thinks that Black's game is lost after this move.
1 6 ... �c8 1 6 . . 1a6 i>bS 1 S . �b6 and the king is trapped in the corner. >b6 �b8 18 . ia6 Stage 2 has been reached! The next step is to control the dark square bS. 18 ... ib7 mate! It should be noted that the king and bishop did most of the work in forcing the black king back. In fact, out of 2 1 moves, only 6 were made with the knight. The rest - 1 5 moves - were made with the king and bishop! This is very economical. The knight should be moved as little as possible, with its focus on the opposite colour to the bishop.