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!
The Legal Mate is one of the most famous in chess. This is from Potter-Matthews, 1868. If you know what the Legal mate is, then you know the first move! However, the follow-up is a bit of a twist.
One nice thing about having a lot of your pieces aiming at the opposing king’s castled position is that you just know a mate or mates have to be there…just like here.