Saturday, September 3, 2016

"La mia polacca" book on the Polish Defense by Alberto Mortola

Alberto Mortola is an italian Candidate Master who has published a book on the Polish Defense (1.d4 b5) in 2015: “La mia polacca” Here you can see the book cover and the Index.


The book is in italian language but all the games are in algebraic notation. In this post, we will ask Alberto (see picture on the left) a few questions:

Question (Q): We are curious to know how you came to play the Polish Defense…

Answer (A): I came to play the polish defense by chance. I was searching for a chess tournament in Poland through internet and suddenly the polish defense appeared to me. I started to use it at school and at the chess club, then I decided to experiment it in the tournaments, at the beginning against 1d4 and later with other White first moves.

Q: In your opinion, is there “a best way” to study the Polish Defense?

A: I think the best way to study the Polish defense is buying and reading “The Polish defense” written by Kapitaniak. Then, if you want to enjoy yourself, you can start playing it and, if you are really interested in this matter, you could buy and read also my book.

Q: Would you recommend to play the Polish Defense in blitz/rapid chess tournaments?

A: Yes, I recommend the polish defense, above all in blitz tournaments, perhaps also in rapid ones, but I don’t promise you will obtain immediately good results.

Q: Are there any strong players who played the polish defence in their chess career?

A: It was ideated by Wagner and successfully used by Miles against Karpov. The only chess players I know that currently employ it are Hubert Biernacki and Emanuel Binaj, two friends of mine.

Q: Is it correct to state that the polish Defense is a reversed 1.b4 in some variations ?

A: I think it is quite correct, but in some complex variations black can find himself in troubles if he plays as he was White.

Q: Do you want to show us your best game with 1.d4 b5 ?

A: In my opinion it is this one (from page 39 of my book):
Saffioti Massimo – Mortola Alberto
Genova, 18/10/2014

1 d4 b5 2 Cf3 Ab7 3 e3 a6
questa è la variante Hubert vera e propria, in cui il nero preferisce difendere il pedone b5 senza spingerlo in b4.
4 c4 bxc4 5 Axc4 e6 6 0-0 Cf6 7 Cc3 Ae7 8 Te1 0-0 9 Dc2 Axf3
come in una delle partite precedenti, qui ho deciso di rinunciare all'alfiere polacco. In questo caso la mia scelta è giustificata anche dal fatto che il mio avversario, costretto a riprendere con il pedone
g, indebolirà irrimediabilmente l'arrocco corto.
10 gxf3 d5
secondo la mia consueta strategia, dopo essermi liberato dell'alfiere campochiaro sistemo i pedoni centrali su case bianche.
11 Ad3 c5 12 dxc5 Cc6
il nero non ha fretta di recuperare il pedone e continua tranquillamente lo sviluppo minacciando 13...Cb4.
13 a3 Ce5 14 Ae2 Axc5 15 b4 Ad6
con questa mossa completo lo sviluppo: tutti i miei pezzi sono disposti attivamente, mentre il mio avversario deve ancora tirare fuori l'alfiere camposcuro. Ora la mossa migliore dovrebbe essere la semplice 16 Ab2.
16 f4 Cg6 17 Dd3 e5 (D)

con questa spinta sacrifico momentaneamente un pedone per ottenere un forte attacco. Il mancato sviluppo dell'Ac1 comincia a farsi sentire.
18 Cxd5 Cxd5 19 Dxd5 exf4 20 exf4 Df6 21 f5 Ce7 l'immediata 21...Dxa1 consentirebbe 22 Dxd6 con un buon compenso per la qualità, ma dopo la ritirata del cavallo effettuata in partita il nero ottiene un netto vantaggio. Il bianco avrebbe
dovuto accontentarsi di 21 Ae3, restituendo il pedone con ottime possibilità di difesa, anche se l'iniziativa del nero rimane insidiosa.
22 Dd2 Dxa1 23 Ab2 Af4
in caso di 23...Da2 24 Dc3 Cxf5 25 Ac4 Tac8 26 Axa7 Txc3 27Axc3 il finale pare favorevole al bianco in virtù della coppia degli alfieri in posizione aperta e della possibilità di crearsi un pedone passato sull'ala di donna. Tuttavia, dopo la corretta 24...Axe5 25 Dxe5 f6 26 De6+ Dxe6 27 fxe6 il nero ha buone possibilità di vittoria.
24 Dc3 Ae5 (D)

questa è una delle combinazioni più complicate che io abbia mai calcolato in una partita di torneo: niente di straordinario, naturalmente, ma quanto basta per sentirmi, almeno per un giorno, un forte giocatore di scacchi.
25 Dxe5 Dxe1+ 26 Rg2 Cxf5 27 Dxf5 Dxe2 28 Axg7 Tfe8 il nero non cade nell'ultimo tranello del bianco: dopo 28...Rxg7 29 Dg5+ Rh8 30 Df6+ Rg8 la partita terminerebbe con una patta per
scacco perpetuo. 29 Dg5 De4+ 0-1

Q: After a book on the Polish Defense, are you planning to publish other chess books?

A: At this moment I think I am not going to publish other chess books, in the future I don’t know.


We thank Alberto for this interview and we wish him much success for his chess life & his book as well.
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The book “La mia Polacca” can be purchased at this link

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Capablanca defeated by a chess problem

According to a piece of news contained in the Sept. 30th 1954 issue of the italian magazine"Tempo", (what follows is a synopsis) in 1916 Josè Raùl Capablanca  participated in a solving  chess challenge in Philadelphia. The challenge was won by the composer Charles Promislo who solved all 8 problems in 16 minutes. Capalanca was able to solve seven problems in 19 minutes. The attached "White to play and mate in two" problem (by C. F. Kuiper) was the one he could not solve.
Do you want to try and solve it? Of course you cannot use more than 3 or 4 minutes, the same time Capa had at his disposal.....and you cannot use chess engines of course...:-) 
You can find the solution under the diagram.
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Solution
1.Kg5

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Remembering FM Bernd Feustel

http://www.edition-marco-shop.de/WebRoot/Store14/Shops/64079634/5411/DE8D/C530/3292/F559/C0A8/2AB8/6B42/Feustel_Eroeffnungen_-_abseits_aller_Theorie.JPGA few years ago, I came across a very interesting book in german language "Eroeffnungen abseits aller theorie" (english translation of the title: "Openings - beyond all theory") written by FM Bernd Feustel. 
The book contains many Modern Defence & Hippo annotated games mostly. Feustel was a strong player who had a peak elo rating of 2375 in the year 1981. In the above mentioned link, we learnt that Bernd Feustel passed away in 2012. His games will continue to inspire chess players around the world.
In this perspective we offer two games from his book:


Wednesday, March 16, 2016

A BIG Thank You

We wrote it a few years ago, we want to write it again: a BIG THANK YOU to IM Gerard Welling for being such a great source of chess inspiration for this blog.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Super GM Richard Rapport plays the Macho Grob!

If people think that IM Basman is the only titled player in the world who can play the Macho Grob in a  tournament game...it is wrong..

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

News about Jens Ove Fries Nielsen

Rev. Tim Sawyer wrote about 1.d4 Nf6 2.Nc3 d5 3.Bf4 on his blog with a Fries
Nielsen game. Jens Ove Fries Nielsen reacted with a mail. He also writes that he is considering the possibility to write a book about it. Of course we hope he will do it. You can read all the details:
http://sawyerbdg.blogspot.it/2014/07/fries-nielsen-in-irregular-veresov.html


http://sawyerbdg.blogspot.it/2016/02/im-fries-nielsen-wins-with-rinor.html

http://sawyerbdg.blogspot.it/2016/02/fries-nielsen-vs-gm-tukhaev-in-rinor.html