This is the position after 25 moves. Ofcourse, Black –being a piece up –is completely winning. However, either White resigns or continues to fight. 26.R5-d1 seems like the way to continue the fight…HOWEVER, some days it is better to not get up and instead to stay in bed. For Eric, this was one of those days!
Eric played 26.Rb5 ?? and after 26…QxR! he realized that he could not recapture because of a mate on the back rank. White resigned. (Not a moment too soon!)
MORAL OF THE STORY: Don’t forget to create luft in your games!
THE DEMOLITION MAN…
WHITE TO PLAY AND WIN!
SOLUTION: 20. Rxg7!! (Ouch! This really destroys Black’s King position.) 20…KxR 21.Qxf6-ch Black resigns. He loses the house.
THE DOUBLE ATTACK
POSITION AFTER 18 MOVES:
The position is about equal. White should now play it safe with and exchange on c8 followed by bringing back his Knight to c3. INSTEAD, Ramaswamy unwisely tried to build up the tension, overlooking some hidden tactical poison:
19.Rc3? Bxb5! 20.Rxb3?! (better 20.Bxf8, but Black should win after 20…Rxc3 21.bxc3 Qc7! 22.g3 Bxd3 23.QxB KxB when Black has 2 pieces for a Rook.) 20…BxB 21.QxB Qc7!
Black will emerge a piece up! White resigned.
19th Century Chess Brilliancy
Martin Leutschaft and I go back to the days of the Alekhine Chess Club on Berri Street! It is good to see that he still has a passion for the game…in the position above (after White’s 19th move), Martin found a clever way to break into White’s seemingly solid defence.
BLACK TO PLAY AND WIN!
SOLUTION: 19…Nxh2! 20. NxN RxN-ch!! 21. KxR Qh4-ch and mate next move.
Heart breaking loss….
GM Thomas Roussel-Roozmon
The tournament was not very kind to Thomas, who withdrew after this game. The Quebec GM found himself with an extra pawn and a good position early on but then started to play indecisively, and finally walked into an ambush.. This position arrived after White’s 40th move.
BLACK TO PLAY AND WIN!
SOLUTION: 40…Rd8!! White is defenceless as he can not maintain control of the vital d-file.. He can not take the Rook on d8 because of mate on f1. If 41.Re1 then 41…Bh6! wins atleast a piece because of the …Rd2-ch threat. Finally, 41. Qe2 goes off to 41…Rxd1 and 42…Qf2-ch
Thomas threw in the towel after Black’s 40th move! And then withdrew….