Here at Chess Kids we are constantly looking for ways to improve our coaching services to help get our message across to the chess students. In a few day’s time we are having a coach training session where the focus will be upon trying to present an interesting story or anecdote as part of each lesson. I had one of our coaches pop in last week whilst I was typing “Knight Times” and he commented how much he had enjoyed my presentation at the National Schools Finals Prize-giving where I had told the story of the “Trojan Horse” and related that to the position I was demonstrating.
So, to put this policy it practice, let me tell you an interesting anecdote I came across the other day about former World Champion Mikhail Tal (that’s his pic in the banner giving his opponent the “evil eye”).
Tal was watching a game between two strong grandmasters (Firmian v Smejkal) at the Tallin Tournament in 1971. White is losing and can choose between 1.Ne4+ or 1.Nb3. Today’s puzzle is which would you choose and how should the game finish? If you don’t get it right I’m sure that Tal will be happy to help you!
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