Coffeehouse Chess Tactics by John Healy

By John Healy

In 1988, his autobiography ?The Grass area? catapulted John Healy to around the globe literary status. That harrowing story defined how Healy via gaining knowledge of chess, escaped alcoholism, violence and crime. Many fanatics have puzzled how Healy did as a chess participant. during this e-book Healy makes use of over 100 of his personal video games to teach how strange strategies or protecting motifs can flip the tide in any place. in addition to the video games the writer describes in eloquent yet brutal language the attractive, occasionally bad international of chess. The prologue ?Blood activity? is a great piece of classic Healy non-fiction. A must-buy e-book for chess fanatics, strategies buffs and Healy enthusiasts.

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D3 ± . b5 +­ White first won the a3-pawn and then later the game. Jlxf61 ± This weakens B lack's kingside pawn struc­ ture and purifies the favorable imbal­ ance, which is often good. This is also a good example for rule # I : what re­ mains on the board is more important than what is exchanged. White's dark­ squared bishop might look strong, but B l ack's f6-knight is also useful. So White correctly decided to exchange on f6. 1 This plays into White's hands, as his knight wants to go to c4 anyway.

30 ... �f3 f5 B lack's pawn majority is mobile, while White's is b lockaded. �f3 4)e4 B lack appl ies the wel l-known endgame strategy: do not rush. Jld7 �e7 4 1 . �e3 4)c31? Provoking a weakness. -'tb5 �f6 45 . c6 g5 B lack finally plays his trump. Ac8? • This allows the undermining of White's queenside. Ae8 was more tenacious. 50 ... £. a4 c3 58. �e3 4)e4 0-1 Exercises (E23) Macieja,Bart/omiej (2618) ­ Dominguez,Lenier (2661) Bermuda (7), 06. 2005 B B lack to move. (One point) Solutions begin on page 1 58.

L"k3 2 7 . E! a l E! a8 2 8 . b 5 4Jbd7 a n d B l a c k h a s good draw i ng c h ances because of h i s s t r o n g k n i g h t s . 2 6 ... § a S 2 8 . § c 7 � f 8 29 . §b7?! 2 9 . �g2 4Jed7 3 0 . f4 was more prec i se as the rook is we l l placed o n c 7 . �g2 �e8 3 l . £ld7 32 . §c7 �d8 33 . §c2 a51 B l ack wants to e l i m i ­ n ate h i s weakness, b u t h e w i l l a l ­ w a y s h a v e to guard t h e b - p a w n . �f3 • • . • • 41 4 1 . . h 5 ! 4 2 . g x h 5 ( 4 2 . g 5 �e7) 42 . 4Jc4 tzlxc4 4 5 .

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