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June 15, 2019

This post was written whilst on a recent holiday, but is posted, as is usual, some time later (my method of ensuring I am always able to post each day, by keeping ahead).

After owning the book since it was published in 2010, I finally got round to reading Jeremy Silman’s excellent “How to Reassess your Chess” (4th edition). I am so glad I chose to take the book away as part of my holiday reading. It is packed with insights, great examples (the later chapters are, in a way, a superbly annotated games collection) and Jeremy has the gift of a great writing style.

White to play: how large is White’s advantage?



Silman J v Lawless K, San Francisco 1982


Having read his chapter on passed pawns, I knew that Q+R were an optimal piece pairing to help with a passed pawn (Q by itself often being best of all). But I felt that Black’s b-pawn would be a factor likely enabling him to hold the balance.

My line was 1 d6 Rd8 2 Rd1 and then maybe 2…b5 or 2…Qe6.

I missed 2 Qf6! utilising the tactical trick 2…Qd6?? 3 Re8+! 1-0 to prevent the need to play 2Rd1.



As Jeremy says in his solution, 2 Rd1?

‘ turns the attacking rook on the e-file into a defensive piece’.

He further says 2Rd1

‘caves into Black’s threat [of capturing on d6].

Again, insightful, given elsewhere his mantra to not always assume threats are real.


2r3k1/1p1q1p2/6p1/3PQ2p/8/7P/5PP1/4R1K1 w – – 0 1

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