Seen from New In Chess, issue 7, titled 30th ANNIVERSARY ISSUE, the Kindred Spirit pen of Don highly recommends readers to subscribe to this magazine. You know I do not steer my readers astray or shortchange them on what I recommend. New In Chess is a must for my readers interested in understanding and enjoying the game of chess. No, you won’t find the term square count so how does it apply to the magazine? In short, it is my view of study given from the various diagrams to illustrate it’s usefulness. That is why you need this issue! And once in your hands, you can apply my lesson here to all the game diagrams wherever found.
1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O Be7 6. Re1 b5 7. Bb3 O-O 8. c3 d6 9. h3 Bb7 10. d4 Re8 11. Nbd2 e:d4 12. c:d4 Nd7
An idea probably made practical by Paul Keres. White has a s/c edge. Following my theory on s/c, Black must plan to increase his own s/c.
13. Nf1 Na5 14. Bc2 Bf6 15. Rb1 c5 16. d5 Nc4 17. b3 ! Nce5 18. Nfh2!
White drives out the N from c4 where it offers to exchange Knights. White wisely refrains following the principle that material is necessary to carry out successful attacks in the middle game so repositions it for s/c.
18. … Ng6 19. Ng3 Bc8!
A definite s/c plot for the Bishop at c8.
20. Rf1 Nb6 21. Ng4 B:g4 22. h:g4?!
Actually, 22. Q:g4 to gain s/c seems more appropriate in our discussion. White appears poised to launch a wing pawn demonstration against the King. Giri vs. Svidler suggests it is unclear who is better. 7/11 count.
22. … h6 23. Nf5 Ne7 24.Ne3 b4 25. g3 a5 26. Kg2
Again White misses a s/c 26. a4! Now black s/c soars.
26… a4 27. b:a4 Qd7 28. Qd3?
Missing his last hope with 28. a3! over next couple moves.
28. …Ng6 29. Nf5 N:a4 30. B:a4 R:a4 31. Rh1 Ne7
White resigned following moves 41.
Lots of good chess and diagrams to evaluate conditions regarding square count (s/c) in the games presented in New In Chess. By examining the positions in the diagrams of which games have several, it will give you a way to numerically provide count for both sides.
Kings on the attack is a first of hopefully many that Judit Polgar’s new column will delight readers of NIC. She writes: The aim of the game is to mate the opponent’s king. But the king may bite back, as highlights her lst column for NIC. All I can say is MAGNIFICANT MAGIC!!