Basic Chess Strategy: Part of the Beginner's Chess Guide (Section 2)

GW's First Attempt at
Basic Chess Strategy,
January 2010
[GAME: Middlegame Phase]


GAME: Middlegame Phase

This sequence, of my attempt at Basic Chess Strategy, continues on from the Opening Phase, shown on Page 3, with Black now to Move ...
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Move 13, Black's Queenside Bishop goes to f5.

Leading up to my next Move, I'm aware of Black's f5 Bishop and the potential threat to my f1 Rook ...

I can see Black's Queen is open for attack and, with my Knight guarding from f3, see an opportunity to Exchange Queens ...

My f1 Rook's toast, no matter what I do, now.

Move 14, White's Queen goes on the attack, to g5; Black's Queen captures (x) White's Queen, on g5.

Move 15, White's kNight captures (x) Black's Queen, on g5; Black's Bishop goes to d3, attacking White's f1 Rook - now a Trapped Piece.

Move 16, White's d-file Pawn advances, to d5, threatening to capture Black's Knight; Black's kNight escapes to a5.

I know ... I'm getting mullered by Fritz - and by my own mistakes ...

Anyway, my next move, of this attempt at Basic Chess Strategy, was an opportunity to showcase a bizarre slang term for Rooks:

Some refer to these pieces as Pigs - (nope, beats me ... and the Chess Glossary team don't get it, either) ... This shameful abuse of slang continues with the saying: "Pigs on the 7th" ...

They're referring to getting a Rook (Pig) onto the enemy's 7th Rank, which you'll see with my next move.

Move 17, White's e-file Rook goes up to e7, "to be a Pig on the 7th"; Black's Bishop captures (x) White's Rook, on f1.

Move 18, White's Rook captures (x) Black's Pawn, on c7; Black's Bishop is sent to d3.

For my next Move, with Black's Rook free to zip down the Open e-file, I could see my King has nowhere to escape ...

With the situation as it is, my King is totally vulnerable to a Back Rank Checkmate ...

If I didn't want to lose - and bring a premature end to this Basic Chess Strategy - I had to act now, to give my King "Luft" to escape.

Move 19, White gives his King "Luft", by advancing his h-file Pawn, to h3; Black's a-file Rook goes to c8.

At this point of my first attempt Basic Chess Strategy, I knew I wasn't going to win against Fritz, so it was a case of "speeding up" progression to the Endgame Phase ...

My most optimistic result would now be to - somehow - Stalemate the game, to rescue ½ a point.

My Plan, from my next Move, onwards, was to kill off my pieces, taking as many of the enemy's Pieces en-route ...

If I could then get my Pawns captured or stuck and get my King onto a safe square, while all others would result in Checkmate, that would then secure the Stalemate ...

I had a cat-in-hell's-chance of it working out that way, mind.

But, don't fear the reaper ... This first attempt at Basic Chess Strategy had to be seen to the bitter end. And so it continues ...

Move 20, White's Rook, still a "Pig on the 7th", captures (x) Black's Pawn, on f7, inviting another Exchange ...

Black's g-file Rook sacrifices itself, by capturing (x) White's Rook, on f7.

Move 21, White's kNight captures Black's Rook, on f7; Black's King then captures (x) White's Knight, on f7.

At this point, with so many of my pieces captured and being down to just Pawns and a King ... I judged the game to be at the transition from Middlegame Phase to Endgame Phase has just taken place.

On the next page you'll bear witness to my attempted Stalemate, which took the guise of impending doom ...

Moving On: GAME: Endgame Phase (Page 5).



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