Analysis of the Game of Chess by François Danican Philidor

By François Danican Philidor

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El the plan of ordinated with his other pieces in the l:tal would be obstructed. Or if White Botvinnik adds a defender to a8 as centre and on the kingside in an attack­ presses ahead with 24 l1al he can ex­ he needs to be able to answer 28 axb5 ing finale. It shows that even the great­ change off with 24 ... l2Jxd2 25 'Yi'xd2 fol­ with 28 . . axb5. But once again he makes est players in the history of chess can lowed by 25 ... td7. In the absence of a misjudgment in avoiding go badly wrong if their judgment of a White's dark square guardian, Black change of pieces.

7 Black has no time for 32. . ad8 be­ Having defended the cause of 33 'ilih6+, when g6 drops with b7-pawn, a quick mate. Kamsky is now ready to complete the 33 iLC2 final link of his blockade with 26 . . e6, The bishop, which was staring idly when after 27. . l':tad8 he will be excel­ at the c6-pawn, has become a fearsome lently centralized. In that scenario it is White's knight is excellently placed, hard to see how White would be able so Kamsky took the drastic step of ex­ to create any play for his bishop pair.

How much less trouble Black would More elegant than the routine 23 to attack, to activate their gain energy - . :tIe8 will lose energy - the knight on c3 is Removing the bishop from the dan­ now 8 ... Jce2!? defence of g7. Note that Morphy elects to play his queen's rook to the open file rather down than 19 l:tfel. The game will be decided 9 ... txd2+ 10 iVxd2 would ease White's on the kingside and it might be useful to have the rook on f1 to support the f4-pawn. 19 ... l:tf6 20 exf5 iVfS Black has an extra queen, but none If now 21 iVg3, hoping for 21..

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