I am not sure if my readers in general want to see long fought battles as presented or find my commentary enlightening. My square count approach is to benefit the novice who might find the complexity seen in many annotators comments unclear or confusing. Seeing a numeric appraisal and my own meat to give the players a directional push to meet the needs of any position is, I hope, a benefit to all who weigh into the sometimes lengthy battles seen for which I have no control. There are short battles and long fought battles with wins, losses, and draws a common theme. But I hope I have shown that each of themes are equally challenging, educational, and rewarding of your time.
The following is from speed chess where Magnus Carlsen demonstrates that he is indeed among the very best in the world and continues to hold the coveted title of World Chess Champion!
Set up your pieces to enjoy the climax of the deciding game between Carlsen versus Karjakin.
White: Pawns (e4/f3/h2/h5) Rooks (c1/f5) Queen (f4) King (h1).
Black: Pawns (b6/d6/f7/g7) Bishop (e7) Rooks (a2) Queen (f2).
White to move and win. Answer here tomorrow as add on. Good luck!
A problem like position arrives after black’s last move of 48…Qf2 eyeing mate at g2 if white permits. Of course white could simply defend against it but the position is ripe for a startling and conclusive attack on black’s king. Carlsen controls the c-file with his Rook and his other Rook backed up by the Queen threatens the pawn and f7 square. The axiom: always look at tempo checks. So, too here, Magnus uncorks with 49. Rc8+ and Sergey makes what appears to be a safe haven perhaps at h7. 49…Kh7 (49…Bf8 loses to 50. R:f8+ K:f8 51. R:f7+) 50. Qh6+!! K:h6 51. Rh8 checkmate. Sergey saw it coming. When Magnus played the Queen check, Sergey shook his hand, jumped up and stepped away.
The importance of squares is often not thought much about especially as they relate to the geometric piece patterns which in unison can lead to some very beautiful play. Action by pieces always effect board position and relationship within square formations composed of ranks, files, and diagonals.