The Amateur Eye – On Kurt Richter

One of my opponents in postal chess learning as a teen sent me a book of games in German featuring Kurt Richter that he said would be a great asset to my development. I devoured the content several times in my study. It had I think much to do with my own aggressive style. So I was surprised to see Sadler on Books, NIC coverage authored by Alan McGowan (McFarland & Company.) It deservedly is given 5 stars. I highly recommend it to my own readers. And I concur with Sadler’s response to a mother who questioned of her young son playing chess. To see the lists of books he reviews is replying with a positive note that chess is indeed worth the effort and study.

One of worthy note is his handling of the white pieces. A pet was 1. d4 d5 2. Nc3 with a follow up of 2…Nf6 3. Bg5 e6 4. e4 Be7 5. B:f6 B:f6 6. e5 Be7 7. Qg4 was his patent response. 7. …. O-O 8. Bd3 f5 9. Qh3 c5 10. d:c5 Nc6 11. f4 B;c5 12. Nge2 a6 13. O-O-O b5 14, g4 b4 15. g;f5 White has a huge edge in square count. 15…. e:f5 16. Na4 Qa5 17. N:c5 Q:c5 18. Rhg1 Kh8 19. Ng3 Nd4 20. Kb1 a5 21. Nh5 Ra7 22. Rg6 According to the computer engine Black is winning. 22. …. a4 23. Rdg1 b3 24. R:f7 b:c2+ 25. Kc1 Nb3+ 26. a:b3 a:b3 27. Ba6!!! The computer must have got sick with this shocker. 27. …. B:a6 28. Qg3 The Bishop on a6 now blocks a-file so the threat of 29. Rg8+ is decisive! (1 – 0 ).

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