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By Lev Alburt, Roman Pelts

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The wait is over. eventually it’s the following. .. the a lot expected 4th variation of John Watson’s Play the French  – the must-have booklet for all French Defence gamers for over twenty years! Watson’s hugely acclaimed paintings provides a repertoire for Black within the French Defence opposed to all of White’s famous suggestions.

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7. Name the square where the e1-h4 and g1-a7 diagonals cross. 8. Name the square where the 4th rank crosses the h1–a8diagonal. 45 What move by the Black Knight will attack all the White pieces at the same time? 46 A trick puzzle! How can White checkmate Black in half a move? Answers to Review Questions: 1. Checkmate. 2. No. 3. Knights. 4. Ra1, Nb1, Bc1, Qd1, Ke1, Bf1, Ng1, Rh1, pawns a2, b2, c2, d2, e2, f2, g2, and h2. 5. a1 and h8 are dark squares, and h1 and a8 are light squares. 6. a1, b2, c3, d4, e5 f6, g7 and h8.

Ngf3 Bc5 5. e3 Nc6 6. Nc4 b5 7. Ncd2 a6 8. a4, with a slightly better position for White. 4. (see Diagram 48) Ng4-e3! 48 White resigns. He must lose his Queen, since if 5. fxe3, then 5. Qh4 + 6. g3 Qxg3 #. Here is how this game would be recorded in abbreviated notation: Gibeau–Lazard (Paris, 1924) 1. d4 Nf6 2. Nd2? e5 3. dxe5 Ng4 4. h3? Ne3! White resigns 0–1 Some Chess Terms and Concepts Let us look at some frequently used chess terms. Any arrangement of pieces and pawns on the chessboard is called a POSITION.

Rb1-a1 Qa3-b2 3. Ra1-b1 The first time. 3. Qb2-a2 4. Rb1-a1 Qa2-b2 5. Ra1-b1 The second time. 5. Qb2-a3 6. Rb1-a1 Qa3-b2 7. Ra1-b1 The third time. The Black Queen cannot get away from the attacks of the White Rook. White claimed a draw. 16. If 50 moves (a “move” here actually means a pair of moves, one by each side) go by with no capture or pawn move being made, either player can claim a draw. For example, a player with a King and Queen against a lone King must know how to mate within 50 moves.