Understanding before Moving 5: Locked up pieces

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12/13/2020 – Herman Grooten is an International Master, a renowned trainer and the author of several highly acclaimed books about chess training and chess strategy. In the fifth part of his ChessBase show "Understanding before Moving" Herman takes a look at a game that might cheer you up when you doubt your chess abilities, and pieces that are locked up. | Photo: Hans Hoornstra

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Understanding before Moving 5: Locked up pieces

Hardly anyone can compete with the dry humor and self-mockery of the British. One example from the world of chess is a unique issue of the English chess magazine Kingpin, titled "Not the British Chess Magazine".

Under the direction of Murray Chandler and Jon Speelman, a comical and hilarious one-off was produced. One article took a look at 'The Worst Game Ever', and if you ever thought that your chess is not good enough, this article might give you the courage not to give up chess.

The position below occurred in the World Championship match between Chigorin vs Steinitz in 1889, and the bishop on c8 is probably one of the worst bishops in the history of chess! It is hard to believe that this bishop will later become the strongest piece on the board.

In this show we will look at this game, and we will talk about pieces which are are stranded on their initial squares.


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