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GM Petrov’s Attack the King! - Windmill

Opening: A46, A07:

Player(s): Torre, Lasker, Smyslov, Euwe

When we think about a windmill, the first image that comes to mind is Don Quixote, the protagonist of the Spanish novel written by Miguel de Cervantes in 1605-1615. The "caballero andante" (knight-errant) Don Quixote fought windmills, in a romantic adventure which - in the intention of the author - wanted to remark how society is unjust, and only craziness and isolation can help a man to make it through life. In chess, the tactic named windmill is not so imbued of deep meanings, but it is - nonetheless - dramatic. The windmill happens when two pieces, usually rook and bishop, enter a combination of discovered checks and regular checks, often forcing the opposing king to move back and forth between two squares, winning massive amounts of material. It is not easy to create the conditions to perform an effective windmill in a chess game, but when it happens, usually the game is over.
In this great video, GM Marian Petrov provides you with examples and comments on this crucial piece of tactic.

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Teacher's library (147) OFFICIAL COURSE 15 A46 A07 Torre Lasker Smyslov Euwe endgame

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