GM RAM #2: The Immortal Game, Anderssen v Kieseritzky

[Event “London ‘Immortal game'”]
[Site “London”]
[Date “1851.??.??”]
[Round “?”]
[White “Anderssen, Adolf”]
[Black “Kieseritzky, Lionel”]
[Result “1-0”]
[ECO “C33”]
[PlyCount “45”]
[EventDate “1851.??.??”]

1. e4 e5 2. f4 exf4 3. Bc4 Qh4+ 4. Kf1 b5 5. Bxb5 Nf6 6. Nf3 Qh6 7. d3 Nh5 8.
Nh4 Qg5 9. Nf5 c6 10. g4 Nf6 11. Rg1 cxb5 12. h4 Qg6 13. h5 Qg5 14. Qf3 Ng8 15.
Bxf4 Qf6 16. Nc3 Bc5 17. Nd5 Qxb2 18. Bd6 Bxg1 19. e5 Qxa1+ 20. Ke2 Na6 21.
Nxg7+ Kd8 22. Qf6+ Nxf6 23. Be7# 1-0



GM Ram #1: Mayet v Anderssen

[Event “Berlin m1”]
[Site “Berlin”]
[Date “1851.??.??”]
[Round “?”]
[White “Mayet, Carl”]
[Black “Anderssen, Adolf”]
[Result “0-1”]
[ECO “C64”]
[PlyCount “30”]
[EventDate “1851.??.??”]
[EventType “match”]
[EventCountry “GER”]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Bc5 4. c3 Nf6 5. Bxc6 dxc6 6. O-O Bg4 7. h3 h5 8.
hxg4 hxg4 9. Nxe5 g3 10. d4 Nxe4 11. Qg4 Bxd4 12. Qxe4 Bxf2+ 13. Rxf2 Qd1+ 14.
Rf1 Rh1+ 15. Kxh1 Qxf1# 0-1



GM Ram: Ziyatdinov’s Theory

GM Ram is a cult book by GM Rashid Ziyatdinov (he was an IM when it was published) which is unusual in that it features a collection of unannotated games from the 1800s and early 1900s and chess positions with no comment or analysis. The opening of the book presents Ziyatdinov’s theory that knowledge of these games and positions would elevate a player to Grandmaster level.

“Knowing” the games and positions is more than just being familiar with them however. It involves memorising the games and play with all key ideas, moves, combinations and important variations. This knowledge willgm-ram then help us find the strongest moves and plans in our own games, often suggesting the right path without conscious thought or examination.

Ziyatdinov presents the example of GM Lev Psakhis who memorised the games in Bobby Fischer’s “My 60 Memorable Games”. Lev Psakhis won the Russian Championship 3 times. Smyslov, Fischer, Kramnik, Kasparov and Carlsen are just some of the names who say that learning from their predecessors’ games was crucial in their chess development.

In Russian folklore it is said that knowledge of 300 positions is required to become a strong master. Ziyatdinov claims 2/3 of these are endgame positions and 1/3 middlegame. Books from GM John Nunn and GM Lev Alburt offer many of these positions and Ziyatdinov gives his collection.

I’ll be posting the games from “GM Ram” with pgn and playable boards as we go on and will put videos up the games too. Much of the benefit will come from analysing the games and working things out for yourself and making sure that you remember the ideas by replaying the games but hopefully the videos will help you compare notes. Most of the games are well-known so there is plenty of analysis for them.

I have created a category “GM Ram” for these posts and a page linking to each of the posts as they go up. Get ready to become GM strength!