A work of art is something to behold! Captivating to the eyes, the senses and the mind. When we think works of art, most will think of paintings. For you watch enthusiasts, complications are what makes the the simple watch a true work of magnificant art. Chess is art as starting from nothing and creating a beautiful ending requires lots of skill similar to the making of a complicated watch. In chess tournaments, sometimes games played were so elegant that they were given the brilliancy prize! (It doesn’t exist anymore unfortunately)


I haven’t played the English in a while but leading up to the first seven moves are typical vanilla moves common in the Symmetrical variation. However, black makes his first mistake with 8. bxc6? because I can take advantage of the unguarded d6 square with 9. Qd6! preventing black from castling.

I was surprised at first when on move 12, black did not take my knight with Bxc3+ as that would have wrecked my queenside pawn structure but instead black played 12. Rb8. The position is very delicate as the b2 pawn is under attack and I can’t casle queenside as Nxf2 forks both my rooks.

The Start Of Making Watch Like Complications:

Leave a comment below on what your opinion is of my move 13. h3. Would you have done f3 instead?

After black takes my pawn on b2 with 13. Rxb2, we are in a position that I feel is like a complicated watch. What is going on here?

There are several threats. Black is threatening to take my knight on c3. The f2 pawn is under attack. The rook is a menace on the second rank. My rook on a1 has the potential to be skewered in the event of a discovery. There are 4 threats? What do you do? I immediately castle queenside with 14. 0-0-0. I now realize it was a blunder after doing computer analysis!

(Black should have done Nxf2 and then after I take his rook, he takes my rook with check winning my knight as my knight is pinned!)

Middle Game: The Battle Of the Weakest Rank

After blunders being made by both sides, the transition to the middle game has been completed. My plan is to take advantage of black’s lousy light squared bishop and promote my a-pawn as I now have complete control of the a-file with 18. Ra3.

After I play 21. c5 we see why pawns need to be on the opposite color of one’s bishop. Black’s light squared bishop can’t move as it is boxed in by its own pawns! Black tries a little counterplay with 23. fxg4? which is a mistake as Kf7 would have been a much better move since the light squared bishop now has a chance of moving due to the rook no longer being pinned. (analysis)

The Completion of the Complicated Watch:

I think it is just ABSOLUTELY beautiful the position I have reached after winning black’s light squared bishop. It is even material but the power of the light squared bishop is just so striking!

Even after I lost my rook on h1 and down material, I have two passed pawns that are working hand in hand with my bishops. It is like having a moonphase, perpetual calendar, chronograph, and a world timer all in one! I was not going to trade bishops so I retreated with 31. Be3

Black tries to stop my passed pawns in desperation wtih 36. Rc3, I push 37. c6 anyway

The pawns are now unstoppable! Black ends up giving up his rook to take my pawn and then we reach the final position with 43. Bd6 where black loses on time.

If black still had time left on the clock, then white’s plan would be to reach Zugzwang. This would mean any move the opponent makes would be fatal and would rather not move anything but has to.

Conclusion and Lessons Learned:

If you are playing an endgame of bishops of same color, do not put your pawns on the same color as your bishop as that will just trap it! Secondly, the bishops on an open board can do deadly damage when working together. While both sides can have an attack, timing is everything. True, black was up material for a while but my attack was so much faster that the material advantage did not help him. I hope you enjoyed this game and if you have any questions, I will be more than happy to answer!

Comment below if you agree that chess is a work of art and a beautiful one! Would you agree that this game was very instructive and a work of art very similar to a complicated swiss watch?

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