Kindred’s Special: The Evolution of a Chess Expert

The Game of Chess by Dr. S. Tarrasch was my introduction to the Royal Game. I studied the book twice and the only other books I had a chance to study from my brother’s library chess classics, Masters of the Chessboard by Reti, and Chess Fundamentals by Capablanca.  This was possible because I was recovering from a broken collar-bone and in a waist cast. Raymond subscribed to the monthly picture Chess Review Magazine  I read and studied from cover to cover.

For my 13th birthday gift I was given a Chess Review Postal Kit.  Thus started my joy to experience the thrills of postal chess.  I entered a Chess Review class C social event, scoring 6-0. Here are some of my games. Those with S. Maxwell I no longer can find.

White: Don Reithel  vs. Black: Brig. Gen. Frank S. Clark  Opening: Caro-Kann Defence

1. e4  c6  2. d4  d5  3. exd5  exd5  4. c4  Nf6  5. Nc3  dxc4  6. Bg5  e6  7. Bxc4  Be7  8. d5  Nxd5  9. Bxe7  Qxe7  10. Bxd5  exd5+ 11.Nge2  O-O 12. Nxd5  Qe5  13. O-O  Rd8  14. Nec3  Be6?  15. Ne7+  Resigns (1-0).

I can only guess that he had the position set up wrong when he played Be6.  Now I pulled a no-no in postal chess!

White:  B. Albert    Black:  Don Reithel      Opening:  Giuoco Piano

1. e4  e5  2. Nf3  Nc6  3. Bc4  Bc5  4. O-O  Nf6  5. d3  O-O  6. Bg5  d6  7. Nc3  a6?  I had meant to play h6 but posted it wrong. His reply woke me up. I hoped I could recover enough to make it a decent game. For a young teen it was disheartening to say the least.

8. Nd5  Be6  9. Nxf6+  gxf6  10. Bh6  Re8 11. Bxe6  fxe6  12. Nd4  Kh8  13. Nxc6  bxc6  14. Qg4  Qe7  15. c3  Rg8  16. Qh3  Rg6  17. b4  Ba7  18. a3  Rag8 19.g3  f5  20. Rae1  f4  21. Kh1  Qf6  22. gxf4  Rxh6  23. fxe3  Qf4  24. White Resigns (0-1).

This game I do believe was my first use of the phrase in my notes to this game, “Never give up the ship.!!”

The following game versus Brig. Gen. F. S. Clark I record in English Descriptive because, as I said previously in articles, you need to understand that notation because of usage in many of the chess classics.

White: Brig. Gen. Frank S. Clark     Black:  Don Reithel       Opening: English Opening

1. P-QB4  N-KB3  2. N-QB3  P-B3  3. P-K4  P-K4  4. N-B3  Q-R4  5. B-K2  B-N5

I was not educated in openings at this time and played to develop pieces and hinder my opponent’s own pieces–the reason for …P-B3.

6. Q-B2 O-O  7. O-O  P-Q4

I was happy because I castled before my opponent did and got to attack his center.   In my youthful enthusiasm, I felt I was equalizing and would soon grab the initiative and have the better position.

8. BPxP  PxP  9. QNxP  NxN  10. PxN  QxQP

My KP is planted in the center. He has an isolani (QP) and about equal development.

11. B-B4  Q-Q3  12. P-QR3  B-R4  13. P-QN4  B-B2  14. Q-K4  N-Q2  15. B-N2  K-R1!

Postal play enables one to analyze at leisure and in-depth. One cannot always deal from strength of a superior position. To create a plan and work at it by making it difficult for the opponent is often the key to consistency in winning, drawing and avoiding losses. Years later, in my articles I mention the King safety moving into the corner as here. Perhaps this is where I made that concept a reality and saw the value of the defensive movement.

16. QR-Q1  P-B4  17. Q-R4  B-Q1  18. Q-R3  P-QR3  19. P-Q4  Q-KN3  20. NxP  NxN  21. PxN  P-B5  22. Q-QB3  B-K2  KR-K1  B-K3  24. BxB  QxB.

Despite the character of the game so far, I managed to lose a pawn for good piece play and a lot of fun. Here it is my opponent’s game to even the result of my earlier win.  I was about to help him. And the fates of the gods have seen even the great players boo-boo.  So I continued to be on guard and to play the best I could with what I had.

25. Q-B3  P-QN4  26. QR-B1  QR-B1 27. RxR  QxR  28. P-KR3  Q-B7  29. R-K2  Q-KN3  30. R-K4  P-R3  31. K-R2  B-N4.

White has intelligently built a bridge for the King’s protection.  I very much expected probably 32. B-B1 would be on his next card. When it arrived and I saw 32.P-K6 I thought, “Did I overlook something even better?”

32. P-K6  R-K1  33. P-K7  BxP.

Now I discovered analyzing to find a brilliant defence against what I thought he planned here of 34. QxP and if 34. … B-Q3 35. RxR+  K-
R2  36. B-K5 .  Apparently, only after sending off 33. P-K7 did he see I had after 34. QxP QxR!  35. QxQ  B-Q3+  36. B-K5 RxB  37. Q-B6  R-K3+ 38. P-N3  BxP+wins.

34. B-K5  B-Q3!  35. QxP  RxB!

After the game I discovered 35…QxR also wins.  The text is very pretty.

36. RxR  Q-B3!  37. P-N3  BxR  38. Q-Q2  B-Q5  39. K-N2  Q-B3+ 40. P-B3  Q-B6  41. White Resigns. (0-1).

I cannot locate Maxwell’s games; he was the player who suggested I enter the Golden Knights.

At the conclusion of the tournament, Maxwell said they were betting to see who would be the first to spank this young lad. Is there a bit of justice there?

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