Dennis Monokroussos writes:
This year, we won’t exactly have an April Fool’s show, but we’ll
look at some examples one of the most outrageous themes in chess: the successful
king walk. One of the most fundamental of all chess lessons is that prior to
the endgame, the king should be squirreled away in a safe, castled position;
bringing the king out into the open is foolhardy and a sure path to a quick
loss. And that’s true – usually. But not always! Sometimes the
king’s natural home is in such danger that a trip to other parts is an
exodus to safety. Sometimes a player will want to open lines for attack on
one side of the board, and so he preemptively relocates his king in advance
of commencing the aggressive operation. And sometimes, the king has a job of
its own to do, and it becomes a full participant in the offense.
The latter is the rarest case, and we’ll take a look at what must be
the most famous example in at least recent chess history, Short’s famous
king walk game against Jan Timman. But in the interest of putting this unusual
theme on full display, we’ll take a quick look at a variety of king walks
before turning to our featured game. It’s not exactly an April Fool’s
show, but the games are in the spirit of that tradition: you see it, but you’re
not sure if you should believe it!
Hope to see everyone this Monday night at 9 p.m. ET – don’t forget
to set your clocks forward, if you haven’t already.
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Monokroussos is 39, lives in South Bend, IN, and is an adjunct professor
of philosophy at the University of Notre Dame.
He is fairly inactive as a player right now, spending most of his non-philosophy
time being a husband and teaching chess. At one time he was one of the strongest
juniors in the U.S., but quit for about eight years starting in his early 20s.
His highest rating was 2434 USCF, but he has now fallen to the low-mid 2300s
– "too much blitz, too little tournament chess", he says.
Dennis has been working as a chess teacher for seven years now, giving lessons
to adults and kids both in person and on the internet, worked for a number
of years for New York’s Chess In The Schools program, where he was
one of the coaches of the 1997-8 US K-8 championship team from the Bronx, and
was very active in working with many of CITS’s most talented juniors.
When Dennis Monokroussos presents a game, there are usually two main areas
of focus: the opening-to-middlegame transition and the key moments of the middlegame
(or endgame, when applicable). With respect to the latter, he attempts to present
some serious analysis culled from his best sources (both text and database),
which he has checked with his own efforts and then double-checked with his
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