I subscribe to a wonderful chess site called “Tactics Time” which is run by a gentleman named Tim Brennan. He regularly sends out little newsletters that I enjoy. And the chess image below is one of them that really appealed to me.
Before I show you the image, and the comments that follow, I want to preface it with a quick statement on one of the things that attracts me to the royal game.
I have always been drawn to intelligence. Like a moth to flame. It pulls me in and won’t let go. And chess has that in spades. It is unlike any other game I play, and I play a LOT of different games. Chess, while simple in execution is so DEEP in play. I have taught young children to play in 5 minutes and those kids enjoy themselves. I have also played, and been schooled by, grandmasters of the game. Both are played with exactly the same rules but are VASTLY different. Such is the beauty of chess. Sometimes, when I am playing, a move comes up that just makes me sit back and think “WOW, that was AMAZING!” And it doesn’t matter whether it was played by me or against me – it is still makes me smile. The following game, sent to me by Tim Brennan, is one of those that just clicked with me.
Tim was white and, as you can see, he should have had an easy win. And black just swept that out from under him in an amazing play. In the image black was to play and, through a series of forced moves, changed the game from a win by white to a stalemate. Half point each instead of a full point for white.