A Chess Term and a Music Term

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Many chess players feel compelled to immediately recapture a capturing piece. In the below picture of a chess position from a game played at the Internet Chess Club (ICC), White’s Bishop just captured the Black Knight at f6. Black, not under the spell of immediately recapturing the Bishop, played Rxe1. (Rook takes Rook)

White then plays the zwischenzug , aka intermezzo , Bxg7 check  tactic which wins a pawn after the King takes the White Bishop. After this forced recapture, White collects the Black Rook at e1 with a winning position.

The rich vernacular of Chess borrows intermezzo from music where the term is used to describe a piece or composition that in between/intermediate two other performances. The German zwischenzug ( between move ) is , perhaps , a more common synonymous usage.

A Chess Intermezzo
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  1. All this time I thought New York was the number one chess state in the USA, but Florida appears to have a much higher density of very strong USCF players as The 200th ranked player in the great state of Florida is rated well over 1800!!
    Arnold Denker would be very proud of his home state.

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  2. In the great state of Florida, very few chess teachers can compare favorably to AJ GOLDSBY. Most chess students want an instructor who can compete with big name players as well as teach. Goldsby’s legendary, if not iconic, battle with Nakamura settles all disputes regarding his chess acumen. If Nakamura had not mated the Pensacolan’s naked king in the middle of the board, Goldsby would have mated him two moves later!
    Finally, if this average uscf master gets tired of teaching the gentle men’s game, his dashing looks and oratorical skills could easily carry over to the political realm in the USA where where professional politicians live quite comfortably.
    In fact it is rather puzzling that a strikingly attractive man like Goldsby would squander away his presence and charm in the low paying realm of the chess world. Chicks do not dig chess players.

    1. Ramos’ post is obviously dripping with sarcasm. A friend’s son took lessons from Goldsby in Pensacola a few years back and became stronger than anybody in his middle school I think.
      When I search AJ Goldsby , I get a lot of hits associated with a 27 move Meran defense game where Goldsby was eviscerated by Nakamura. I think Goldsby is just trying to draw attention to himself in any fashion possible to improve his reputation as a chess teacher, but that really does not make sense because of the brutality of his beating at the hands of the then 15 year old Nakamura.

      Will Stewart, who crushed German IM Della Morte in an exceptionally complicated game of chess, was asked to annotate Nakamura-Goldsby and was also querulous as to why there was so much buzz and attention tied to the game:

      I‘ve recieved a couple of requests to cover this game between Hikaru Nakamura and A.J. Goldsby. I have no idea who A.J. Goldsby is or why people have requested I cover this pretty run-of-the-mill game that’s seemed to generate multiple pages of discussion on their site.

      1. It is hard to determine if you are friend or foe of aj goldsby. I found some commentary by goldsby himself which suggests he relies far too heavily on computer analysis than his own innate chess ability.

        But after the moves: 23.Rf3! fxg6; 24.Qe4!, “+/-” {Diagram?}
        Black’s game is completely lost, the computer evaluations being
        anywhere from “+ 7.21” to some- thing like “plus ten,” … or more!

        I heard goldsby once let fritz run all night to get one extra ply out of the analysis. He tried out his “home preparation” out on a uscf 1750 player. The 1750 player CRUSHED aj in 19 moves with the black pieces! Word is that goldsby scolded the b-player for having a much more expensive faster computer with a more up to date version of fritz.

        Goldsby is a 2200 player on his floor whose true strength is probably closer to 1850. Goldsby is a nice guy who just needs to admit he is a little above average as a chess player and not scream that somebody must have cheated to have beaten him!

        1. AJ Goldsby possesses unrivaled character and judgement. His detractors hold him to a much higher standard than they hold themselves. Goldsby writes high quality content on low end platforms. He should switch to WordPress or some other php web server so that his chess prowess can be on display for chess lovers world wide.

          The admin of this site should do more to regulate the ad hominem attacks by trolls impugning the integrity of a true servant of the gentleman’s game.

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