White Square Blockade Chess Ending

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In the following blitz game played at ICC Black is in possession of the , sometimes very overrated, two Bishops. He just  played the unimpressive b4 which blocks the position somewhat adding value to the White Knight.

John Watson’s excellent tome titled Play The French is fond of phrases like White square blockade when the author is treating some of Winawer variations. White Square Blockade always sounded so erudite and unexciting to me, but in the following position White can achieve an unbreakable light square blockade forcing the Black Laufer to skip about the board in a desultory (One of Bisguier’s favorite terms) fashion lost in space.

White can take his time strengthening his position with the goal of King infiltration after the light square bind is strengthened with g4. The sequence of moves that leads to the White Square Blockade is  34. Bxe6 Kxe6 35.  Ke4 ! establishing light square hegemony. Note that recapturing with pawn at e6 is possible but that permanently cedes control of e4 to the first player and will probably eventually manifest as Zugzwang for bound and gagged  Black.

White  literally owns f5 with the g3 steed steaming at the mouth for occupancy! Now the phrase White Square Blockade feels much more like something worth striving for in a chess game!

Edward Winter’s The Most Famous Chess Quotations supplies us with a very relevant Nimzowitch quote: Zuerst hemmen, dann blockieren und schließlich vernichten translated as first restrain, next block, and then destroy.

Winning White Square Blockade Chess Ending
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  1. I believe it was Fort Worth, Texas many years ago at a US Open that I became aware of the child chess prodigy Robby Adamson. His countenance exuded alacrity and intelligence. I lost touch with the chess playing community for many years raising children, but have recently gotten back into it. I noticed that Adamson is a strong player in Arizona and also gives his time as chess coach while balancing his career as a lawyer. Many life lessons could be learned from this Arizonian Fide Master.

    He divided his brain power between chess and developing a career. Many strong chess players end up living under bridges because they do not possess the common sense to exploit their intellect in the manner that Adamson did!

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  2. Scott Freneaux, owner of chess emporium, LLC in Phoenix, sent out solicitation to USCF members stating he is hiring chess coaches who could earn upwards of $38,000 per year commensurate on their talent, work ethic, amount of time they teach. The pay scale is $40 per TEACHING hour and as high as $105 per hour, I guess if you are a GM. Does anybody know if this for real?

  3. I am trying to catch up with Robin Badart the IBM employee. I want to know how he has been doing. We worked together and played a lot of chess. He was very good programmer and chess player.

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