Bad Dutch Bishop leads to lost Ending

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In this Blitz game played at ICC, Architeuthis of Spain played the Stonewall Dutch with the Black pieces. In this opening setup, the second player is left with a horrible c8 bishop since he has placed his pawns on c6, d5, e6 and f5. This bishop is an even worse piece than the bad Bishop that French Defense players have grown accustomed to.

In the diagrammed chess position, Black is certainly in Zugzwang as any move he makes will eventually see the c6 pawn be captured due to the unpreventable White move Bb7. After the c6 pawn falls, White’s passed c pawn will either Queen or force Black to sacrifice his Bishop to prevent its promotion.

If you are interested in the difference between a Squeeze and Zugzwang, read Robert Brieger’s  The Art of Triangulation and In Search of Zugzwang. Brieger’s wealthy friend, Roy Twombly, provided the money and time to co-author both of these well written, lucid expositions in which the subtle distinctions between the terms Squeeze and Zugzwang are expounded upon.

Brieger vehemently defended his perception of the confusion that existed between these two chessic terms to the extent that NM Todd Thomas coined the neologism Z-Word when alluding to Zugzwang!

Thomas, an excellent writer, once wrote that chess players are socially on the fringes of society and Robert Brieger resides on the fringes of the community of chess players! Not intended as a personal attack on Mr. Brieger, only to indicate different levels of extremity with respect to a common passion for the Royal Game! All of this was going on in the good old days of Dave’s Chess Studio in Houston, Texas.

Dave Mackey got tired of running the place and it is now a poker parlor last I heard. Dave did an excellent job with the chess club and can not be faulted for shutting it down. A number of “patrons” showed up a lot and used the facility, but never played(paid to play in tournaments). These “patrons” would kibitz and play casually using up space. Dave had to pay rent on the place and was not taking in enough money to make it worth his time I think.

Very Bad Black Bishop in Stonewall Dutch
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