Tal Memorial, round 1

On monday it is time for the fourth game of the 68th Honinbo Titel Match between Iyama Yuta and Takao Shinji. I can very much recommend you to follow it on the Go Server “Panda Net” where a strong field of kibitzers are lead by the formidable “Cornel”. If you do not play Go, then… too bad. In the chess world, however, there are lots of fun going on too. Yesterday first round of the Tal Memorial featured a game that was very strange in that Black won a game where all he had to do was to react to White’s moves. It illustrates well the concept of “forcing your opponent’s hand”; playing in such a way that you do not really give your opponent a choice but to play the best move: