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Sunday, April 22, 2012

Four Knights Game, unprotected piece

This game is from the 2nd round of my chess club's evening tournament.  My opponent is a former state scholastic champion, so I knew it would be an interesting game.  When I offered the Petroff Defense, intending to use my favorite Stafford Gambit, White declined with the Four Knights ... an opening that I have not played much against.  After the opening sequence, I attempted to chase his Bishop from the c4 square with Na5.  My opponent found the tactic and left me a piece down.

I am not normally a fan of chess videos.  However, I found an interesting series of presentations on Youtube by a National Master that are presented at a level useful to me as a class player.  They met my criteria of being worth multiple views.  This is one of them.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.


  1. Good stuff, Ralph.
    Noticed your book list didn't show the popular Jeremy Silman's books, esp. his "The Reassess Your Chess WORKBOOK", which for some reason I have an extra copy of. It's yours for the asking for being a good sport.

    George Morton

  2. Appreciate the offer George, but I have a copy. Silman has never 'clicked' for me, but I retry the book every year or so to see if I've grown into it.