White                                                    Black

Lehpamer                                           Pinski

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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