Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Sage Mode Chess - Paul Morphy 3

Sage Mode Chess continues with the story of genius - Paul Morphy.
After receiving his degree in 1857, Morphy was not yet of legal age to practice law and found himself with free time. He received an invitation to play at the First American Chess Congress in New York City and, at his uncle's urging, accepted. Morphy won the tournament which included strong players of the day, such as Alexander Meek and Louis Paulsen.
I've already shown one of the games he played against Paulsen in a previous post here at Sage Mode Chess. Today I'll be showing you another one.
P.S: The annotation on the last move is not mine
Enjoy it my friends

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Sage Mode Chess - Paul Morphy 2

Today, Sage Mode Chess continues with genius Paul Morphy.
A brief history; Paul Morphy was born June 22, 1837 in New Orleans to lawyer and judge Alonzo Morphy. When he was only 12 he played against Johann Jacob Loewenthal and beat him 2½ to ½. 
I present here a third Paul Morphy game on this blog.
Enjoy people

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Sage Mode Chess - Paul Morphy 1

My next few posts here on Sage Mode Chess will be about Paul Morphy who is probably one of the greatest players in the history of the game. It is famously known that the boy genius did not formally learn the game only teaching himself by observing family members play. You've already come across his most famous game here on Sage Mode Chess - that's the game between him and the 2 Dukes.
Here's another famous game by the prodigy. Here Paul Morphy had black. I hope you enjoy the game

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Ademola Sorungbe in Sage Mode

Today on Sage Mode Chess, I present one of the best games (in my opinion) played in the history of Nigerian Chess.
I hope you all enjoy it.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Sage Mode Chess - A Position from Capablanca's Book

In one of my former posts I wrote a short fictional story (P.S I never played against an IM in the loo!) which was actually an adaptation, into a story, of the famous game between Paul Morphy and the dukes.
Today I'll be telling another fictional story.

I stared for some time through the show-glass at the position. Chess tempts me so (chess always tempts me), so I went into the shop and asked the attendant - quite good-naturedly - if I could take a closer look at the set.
"Sure", he replied.
And to the beautifully hand-crafted art I went. I stood there for some time trying to figure it out. I must have spent a good time at the set, for the attendant approached me - suspicious, I suspect (pun not intended) -  as I reached for the Bishop on d6 and slowly settled it on g3.
"You've blundered", he pointed out
"What!? Does this guy even know about chess? This is tactics and either the...",.
Before I could say "Queen" (to myself of course), he picked up the Queen - he seemed to know what I was thinking - and captured the pawn on f7.
"Check", he called. Then I realized my gross blunder. For now after I take the white Queen with my Rook, then comes Re8 checkmate.
I left the shop that day wondering how I could have blundered.
Years later I got a copy of Capablanca's "My Chess Career" in which he talked about the game (I couldn't miss it and I never forgot it). He suggested, instead of my Bg3 blunder, Bh2+!! White replies with Kg1.

Only now should the Bishop come to g3.
So now if the Queen takes the f7 pawn with a check, then the Rook can take back but this time with a check - white's King has to move out of check first!

P.S: This is all fiction! I've never played chess at a shop. The positions are for real, however.

Hope you loved this.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Sage Mode Chess; Putting it all together

So in the past few weeks I've been sharing, a little at a time, Sage Mode Chess games - games I played so well, I think I must have been in Sage Mode while playing them! Naruto fans understand what I mean ;-)
I've decided to put these games together in one place.
  1. Sage Mode Chess - Games 10 & 9
  2. Sage Mode Chess - Games 8, 7 & 6
  3. Sage Mode Chess - Games 5 and 4
  4. and my Top 3

I hope you enjoy going through them as I did presenting them to you

Monday, July 16, 2012

Sage Mode Chess; Game by ObiJoe

Today Sage Mode Chess features, for the first time, a blitz played by a good friend of mine at Yahoo! Games. He has done a good job at letting us peek into his mind as he played the game.
Thanks Joseph
Enjoy everybody