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Here’s a gem from Petrosian against Simagin. Tigran sees an eventual knight fork that wins the game and he can force it starting with the right first move followed by a major sacrifice!

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One of my hopes for this column is that regular readers will remember the concepts of the positions and be able to apply them in their own games or at least be able to run off the answer in a minute. We’ll spend some time on some from years past and let me know how you do.

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Copying your opponent’s moves can be dangerous if you try too long. Black tries to stay symmetrical, but runs into a problem with White’s next series of moves.

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This endgame, by A.W. Daniel, requires some planning. Be careful that you consider every black response.Big Hint: you will have to sacrifice a piece in one variation!

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White’s on the move, and he has lots to think about considering all the attention his king is getting from Black’s major pieces.

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Here’s a typical isolated queen pawn middle game position. What would you play here?

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A nice little Tal finish once more. He has both his rooks hanging, but it doesn’t faze him.

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Mikhail Tal, who arguably was the greatest chess player ever, made it all look easy at times. Here’s a finish against Benko in 1964. OK, be the former world champion!

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That White pawn on g7 seems to have wandered too far into the enemy camp. What can White do to help the little guy out?

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This is a little longer than usual, but the logic of White’s attack is very attractive. From Neishtadt-Gipslis, Riga, 1955.

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If you have been with us a while, this should be a piece of cake. If you don’t get this, then best study its lessons. It occurs not infrequently.

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A nice finish by Chigorin in 1874.

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Continuing our tactical alertness in the opening series with a game from a young Karpov as Black. He spots a way to win a piece.

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Continuing our tactical alertness in the opening series.

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Which is more important—an exposed king or an exposed queen in the opening?

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The Ruy Lopez is considered more of a strategic than a tactical opening, but here we have some tactics from a tactical era—Mayet-Anderssen, Berlin, 1851. It’s a cavalcade of errors, so enjoy the whole game.

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In continuing our adventure into tactical alertness in the opening, what should White do here against Black’s triple threat on c3?

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The Two Knights Defense is tricky and dangerous for both sides! Here in Guszev-Vojnikovcs, Moscow, 1950, White is threatening a devasting discovered check, but Black has another idea about how this should end.

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White has badly handled this opening coming out of the Two Knights’ Defense, as his pieces lined up from a1 to e1 testify. You might see Black’s next move, but can you see this mate in five all the way to the end?

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Since both sides need to complete development, this is late opening, yet early middle game. In order for you to take credit for seeing all this, you should be able to see this attack for at least the first six moves!

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