As well as playing my own games of chess, I enjoy playing through the games of other players from all era of chess history. As well as enjoying a brilliant tactical combination, or a game that has a long strategical plan, I also enjoy when a bizarre or unusual position appears on the board in the course of a game. Here are some of my favourite positions in games that I have come across.
Du Mont – Gosling, London 1943
The longest supported pawn chain in chess history, with the white chain running from the 2nd all the way up to the 7th rank.
Dodge – Houghteling, Chicago 1904
A symmetrical arrangement of the Black knights and bishops in the checkmating attack.
Lee v Shoosmith, London 1904
Black manages to get four connected pawns simultaneously on the 2nd rank.
Guijarro v Alonso, Elgiobar 2011
Six queens on the board at the same time.
Topalov v Kasparov, Amsterdam 1995
Kasparov wins without moving his Queen in 28 moves.
Sergienko v Vescovi, Moscow 2010
Amazing endgame with 9 pieces on the board, but no pawns.
Foldeak v Nagy, Budapest 1942
After only 13 moves, the White knights occupy the starting positions of the Black Queen and King.
Kovacs v Barth, Balatonbereby 1994
Amazing set of quadrupled White pawns.
Diemer v Cerff, 1983
Position after Black’s resignation – White has moved neither knight in 30 moves.
I am pretty certain there will be a 2nd instalment in the future!