Kevin Dalley

Musings on chess and related topics.

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Francois-Andre Danican Philidor

Having talked about the Philidor position, I thought I might conduct a little research into this chess player who I know very little about. He was one of the architects of modern chess.

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Philidor's Position

In my last article I discussed a passive defence in Rook and Pawn v Rook. With the defending rook on the back rank White could win with a central pawn but the position was drawn with a knight or rook pawn. This then brings us to one of the most important positions in rook endings: Philidor’s position.

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Rook and Pawn v Rook: Passive Defence

When looking at endings it is important to understand why some strategies do not work.  This leads to better comprehension of correct strategies. One of the classic drawing approaches in Rook and Pawn versus Rook endings is the “Philidor Position” which I will cover in a future blog post. First though, it is worth looking first at a more passive approach and understand why that does not work.

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Rook Endings - A famous study

One of my projects for my chess this summer is to refresh and improve my endgame knowledge. Rook endgames are the most common to occur, primarily due to the fact that the rooks are usually the last pieces to become active in the middle game. Often they will remain on the board after many of the other pieces have ben exchanges. 

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Chess and Windmills

This article was originally published in Derby & Mickleover Chess Club's Summer Moves in June 2011

Recently my interest was caught by a very beautiful tactic. In “My System”, Nimzowitch called it a “zwickmuhle” which translated means “double mill”. In English we know the tactic as a “windmill” or “see-saw”.

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