By John Thursby

From the PREFACE:

it sort of feels to be the customized to claim a couple of phrases to the general public, whilst delivering a suite of Chess difficulties, and this tradition I shall presently avail myself of. The stratagems contained during this e-book are a variety from the various difficulties composed via me, and released over the last six years in all of the prime journals and magazines at domestic and in another country.

i don't declare for my difficulties any especial or awesome profundity, nor do I intend to set myself up as a rival to different Chess authors; yet i think that any Chess-player who takes the difficulty to appear via my booklet, will find in it leisure and enjoyment.

i don't faux in order to provide tricks on development, or to put down dogmatic principles in challenge paintings.

In end, I should country that i've got continually been handled with the best courtesy through each Chess Editor with whom i've got corresponded, with, I remorse to assert, one remarkable exception.

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CtJxd5 c6 does not promise White much advantage. �e3 Winning a further tempo for development. �b5t develops a piece with check, another typical way gaining time. Mter 1 1 ... 0-0 White has a decisive attack. l'l:xd5+-. tlJxd5! Diagram 6-3 White sacrifices a piece in order to completely open up the position. Black's king is left unprotected and his pieces do not get into the game in time. �xc5! '1We6?! �xc5!! J\xb8 J\e7 ( 1 5 ... l'Ixb8? ic4 8 Threatening a discovered attack. Black is lost, but even so his next move is incomprehensible.

Z�·a in�ev ' Ex. �g2 12 c5! 10 a5! Diagram Ex. 4-9 Diagram Ex. • (2 points) A strong idea. Black first wants to force away the b3-knight and only then play . . c5. The standard 1 O ... �e3± (2 points) Black seizes the chance to play this standard move. It is equally good to prepare it with: 1 2 ... l"k8!? dxc5 l"i:cS! l"i:al a4+ (Bagirov) . 1 5 ... tt:ld7 is also level. lLlcl l"i:c8 followed by ... c5, Black has a pleasant advantage. Ex. e? '1Wb1 tt:lg4 with a clear plus. �xe5 Ex. Piket · Antwerp 1 998 Diagram Ex.

Diagram 6-2 Diagram 6-2 In order to gain time for development, White is willing to sacrifice two central pawns. In the resulting open position, he can attack very quickly. CtJxd5 c6 does not promise White much advantage. �e3 Winning a further tempo for development. �b5t develops a piece with check, another typical way gaining time. Mter 1 1 ... 0-0 White has a decisive attack. l'l:xd5+-. tlJxd5! Diagram 6-3 White sacrifices a piece in order to completely open up the position. Black's king is left unprotected and his pieces do not get into the game in time.

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