1. e4 c5
2. Nc3 d3
3. g3 Nc6
4. Bg2 Nf6
5. Nge2 e6
6. d3 Be7
7. 0-0 0-0
8. f4 a6 not a good move in this position
9. f5 exf
10. exf d5
11. Bg5 d4
12. Bxf6 Bxf6
13. Ne4 Qe7
14. Nf4! Qe5 Black cannot safely take the f5 pawn because of Nd5
15. Nd5 Bd8
16. Qg4 f6 ? This is the losing move; Nb4 offers a fight
17. Rae1 Qb8 ? Kh1 is bad for Black but not as bad as the above position
Now the game almost plays itself with nine consecutive checks, the last one mate.
18. Nexf6+ Bxf6
19. Nxf6+ Rxf6
20. Re8+ Kf7
21. Qh5+ g6
22. fxg+ hxg This move leads to mate but Kxe8 after Rxf6 is also hopeless
23. Rxf6+ Kxf6 Kxe8 also leads to mate
24. Qh8+ Kg5
25. Qh4+ Kf5
26. Bh3# (1:0)
Game was played in the Commercial Chess League of NY on October 25, 1972,
Board 3, match between the Metropolitan Life Ins. Co. 1 and NSSCC 1.
Time control was 40 moves in 2 hours, sealed move if game not finished, players return for 20 moves in 1 hour.
Siegbert Tarrasch (1862-1934), the German chess master and teacher wrote the words that explain the joy of Chess, “Chess is a form of intellectual productiveness, therein lies its peculiar charm. Intellectual productiveness is one of the greatest joys – if not the greatest one – of human existence. It is not everyone who can write a play, or build a bridge, or even make a good joke. But in chess everyone can, everyone must, be intellectually productive and so can share in this select delight. I have always a slight feeling of pity for the man who has no knowledge of chess, just as I would pity the man who has remained ignorant of love. Chess, like love, like music, has the power to make men happy.”
These words ring true for me, and the concept of intellectual productiveness triggering happiness resonates. In chess, intellectual productiveness comes about because the game is so delicately balanced between the white and black pieces that it takes a considerable amount of imagination and thought to formulate an effective plan that will improve your position relative to your opponent’s plan for his position; and when you implement a plan, the mind naturally experiences happiness at your creation. There is also beauty in the tactical combinations that occur during games; see the conclusion to the chess game mentioned above in the table of contents.
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