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Unique discoveries within the endgame unearthed via Britain's best professional and global championship challenger.

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The following position is from a game I played in the fourth round of the 1990 National Elementary Champion­ ships in Tucson, Arizona. My thirteen-year-old imagina­ tion was churning with discoveries, and I went on to win this tournament. Consider Diagram 31 as a lesson rather than a problem.

The phone call is boring, irrelevant. You speak po­ litely, an old friend drones on. You are between worlds. Finally you manage to get off, but then the book seems to have disappeared. Romance is fading. You can't be­ lieve that this has happened to you. You're a wreck and are searching frantically everywhere. You lift a pillow on your bed, and there it is. Now that is a welcome discov­ ery. Only on the chessboard, instead of moving a pillow to find J. D. Caldwell's Desperate Voyage, you move a pawn or a piece to uncover an attack.

Bxc5 1 1 . Bxc6+! ) Then 1 1 . Qxg4 , and I have won a piece thanks to a neat double threat. Notice also the theme of discovered attack in this tactic : dxc5 uncovered the threat of the queen to the bishop on g4. In a later chapter we will study discoveries in more depth. The game continued: 1 3 . . 0-0 1 4 . Nc3 Rfd8 1 5. b3 Bb4 1 6. Bb2 Rd2 . 28 WHITE TO MOVE: a b c d e f g Here I used a final double threat and he resigned. Can you find it? h DOUBLE THREAT c 61. The theme of discovery, the uncovering of a shel­ tered threat by moving another pawn or piece out of the way, is used once again.

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