SPRAGGETT ON CHESS
My game today in the Portuguese Team Championship featured a typical Queen’s Gambit where White’s slight initiative turned into a mating attack when Black made a slight inaccuracy on the Queenside. The ending is very pleasing…
POSITION AFTER 23 MOVES:
fm ALVAREZ FERNANDEZ,E
There are a number of themes in play: Ng4 with Qh6 is a threat; Rook on the 7th rank and the pin on f7; and Qf4 with an attack on f7. After 10 minutes thought I found how to tie all of these themes together…
WHITE TO PLAY AND WIN!
In the final position Black’s resignation was a bit premature, though easy to understand. After the forced 26…Rf8 White would proceed 27.Qh6! Rf7 28.Re4! with a mating attack. There are other ways to win, to be fair.