How to ensure piece coordination

With purposeful allocation, grouping and organization of chess pieces during the game, we build up a dynamic structure with its firmness and flexibility aimed to withstand enemy attacks and achieve decisive effect on the opponent.

How to use power on the chessboard

Power dance in the ring: Muhammad Ali vs George Foreman in their historic Rumble in the Jungle, Kinshasa 1974, here in a work by Sebastiano Paulesu, Italy (see also Boxing Analogy)

In the last post the great Capa showed us how he was solving this essential problem of the chess puzzle. Today we are going to see how chess coordination shows itself in a chess study by Paavo Visa Kivi, a chess player, an International Judge and one of Finland’s most distinguished endgame composers (along with Pauli Perkonoja).


Paavo Visa Kivi (1905 – 1995)

Suomen shakki 1945, I prize

The 1945 chess study by the Finish composer Paavo Visa Kivi


With the black pawn about to promote, and White forces scattered around the board in a seeming dissonance, it is hard to believe that this position may be a draw (check out the two knights in the Liburkin’s study).

How can bishop, knight and pawn find their cohesive strength and become coordinated to avert the looming danger? Can it be possible here at all?

Well, “miracles” happen. The bishop and knight’s dance doesn’t give the Black’s king any chance to escape an annoying persecution which indeed ends in a draw.

1. Bh5+ Kd8

If 1…Ke7 2.Nc6+ Kd7 3.b7, and on 1…Kf8 follows 2.Nd7+ with 3.b7.

2. Nc6+ Kc8

3. Bg4+ Kb7

4. Na5+ Ka6

a) 4…Kb8 5.Nc6+ Ka8 6.Bc8 b1Q 7.b7+

b) 4…Ka8 5.Bf3+ Kb8 6.Nc6+ Kb7 7.Ne5+! Ka6 8.Be2+

5. Nc4 b1=Q

6. Bc8+ Kb5

7. Na3+ 1/2

To achieve piece harmony, the white pieces mainly carried out combined attack, using also an unfortunate position of the b-pawn, subject to continuous double attack threats.

Team work – formula for success!

Any cue how to efficiently distribute chess forces?

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