SPRAGGETT ON CHESS
The Magistral is taking place in Buenos Aires and finishes later today. It is a very strong tournament with Alexi Shirov as the top rated. There are many fighting games so far and Shirov has not found it easy at all..he is in the lead but has had considerable luck so far! Below is a nice attacking game by Black, taking advantage of an imprecisely played opening by White.
There are 2 critical positions after the opening stage. The first is after White’s 18th move:
POSITION BEFORE BLACK’S 18th MOVE:
If White could castle then he would not be doing so badly, and for this reason Lemos takes advantage of the pin along the c-file:
This move opens the lines around the White King and starts a King hunt that soon ends in a mating attack, the usual fate of those who provoke fate by not castling in sharp and complex openings….
POSITION BEFORE BLACK’S 25th MOVE:
BLACK TO PLAY AND MATE IN 5 MOVES!