After learning chess on the streets just outside of Manila in the Philippines, Wesley So become a grandmaster at just 14.
‘I learned chess when I was seven or eight. A lot of people played on every corner of the neighbourhood I lived in. Children don’t need money to play chess. People make the pieces out of bottle caps, or whatever materials they have. Every week I would cut out newspaper clippings about famous grandmaster games, study them, and then I’d go from street to street with a makeshift board, challenging anyone who knew how to play.'
How many times have we all overlooked an attractive mate-in-two - not even bothering to look for it - because, being so consumed with our own plans, we don't notice that the opponent's last move was a serious tactical mistake ! And how often,
after having missed a brilliant shot, have we found that it was there for one move only and it was our one opportunity to win ?
212 Surprising Checkmates - Alberston/Wilson
In this position White has just moved his knight to c5 attacking the rook which allows Black a mate in 4 opportunity.
Max Euwe was the 5th World Champion (1935-37). This is an impressive checkmate game played when he was 18
A combination is a set of forcing moves leading to material advantage or mate. Usually they rely on more than one tactical idea. 'Combinations are the heart of chess' – Alekhine (World Chess Champion 1927 – 1935 & 1937 – 1946)
In this position Black starts a combination involving queen, knight & bishop
🤔 What's his next move ? Video view the game
Before the internet made it possible to play chess online, correspondence chess by mail made it possible for players to compete when separated by distance.
Before joining ChessWorld I used to play postal (‘snail mail’) & email tournaments through the CCLA (Correspondence Chess League of Australia).
C J S Purdy, one of Australia’s greatest chess players, was winner of the 1st World Correspondence Chess Championship (1950) with a score of 10.5 / 13. Fifteen players competed in the final round which commenced in May 1950 with the tournament finishing in March 1953.
In this position White has just moved his king from g4 to g3. Should Black now exchange his bishop for White’s knight ? * Play from the position
👍 Video - 1949 postal chess game (3:04 min)