As you can tell from the diagram, this was one heck of a game between Mueller as White and Stahlberg as Black in 1934. Stahlberg played 1…Rde8 here and the game was eventually drawn. However, he missed a winning combination! What was it the grandmaster missed?
Some years back, White began to experiment with this line in the Caro Kann: 1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Nd7 (See Diagram) and now White played the counter-intuitive 5.Ng5. The big question is what should happen after 5.Ng5? Why can’t Black just kick the knight with 5…h6? What should Black do?
This game, from the World v. USSR in 1970, is one of the most famous miniature games in chess history. Bent Larsen, a world class Grandmaster, has the White pieces against world champ Boris Spassky. Spassky stuns Larsen with a game that lasts just 17 moves! The fun starts with Black to play in the diagram.
This is our last Legal lesson. I hope you’ve enjoyed all of them and made you aware of the possibilities. This is an exhibition game Najdorf won back in Buenos Aires in 1942. It’s value is in the fact that the Legal method was not used early in the game, but on move 16.
We’ve seen almost all the aspects of the Legal Mate. Here’s another one. The first move is back to being familiar, but the next moves aren’t!
Last time out, we saw a variation of the Legal Mate. The game today was an astounding departure from the usual Legal Mate because here White is castled! You know Black’s first move!