SPRAGGETT ON CHESS
Everybody loves a great attacking game and there is no doubt that the following game is a great attacking game! White plays fast and loose. Then he sacrifices a pawn, 2 Bishops and a Rook! Finally the Black King is forced to take a walk in the centre where White delivers a mate…what spectator can ask for more.
Ofcourse, the question begs to be asked: is Black really lost? Probably not, but in practice the attacker always has more luck than the defender! And besides, the spectator is only interested in a good show…and certainly he got his money’s worth here! Enjoy.
POSITION AFTER BLACK’S 19th MOVE
A typical line clearing pawn sacrifice that builds up threats against the Black kingside. Black can not take with the Bishop because he loses a piece (taking on f6 followed by Bh7ch and Rxd5). Nor is taking with the Knight recommended as after Bh7ch followed by Rxd5 and Qf5(!) White builds up too many threats. So Black decides to force the well placed Queen to move….
20… b3!? 21. Qe2!?
Not the only good square for the White Queen (c3 is also possible), but from e2 the Queen can soon move to h5 and inch closer to the Black King
Black can not take with the Bishop as he loses a piece after 22.Bxf7 and 23.Qh5. By drawing away the Knight from the Kingside, White commences a multi-piece sacrifice aimed to rip the pawns away from the Black King and expose his majesty to a brutal enslaught.
While this attack may not be 100% winning against perfect defence, the readers must appreciate the extreme difficulty the defence encounters in finding the best move with limited time. In practice the attacker has the advantage of surprise, and only the mentally toughest defenders do not slip up.
22… Kxh7 23. Rxd5!
Removing an important defender!
23… Bxd5 24. Qh5 Kg8 25. Bxg7!
The 3rd piece sacrifice completes the task of de-nuding the Black King. Now Black should consider 25…f5!? with a tough defence in store.
25… Kxg7 26. Nf5 Kf6 27. Ne3!
Now the only chance of survival is to play 27…Be4!
27… Be6? 28. Qh6 Ke5
The Black King is right in the middle of the board! But even so, it is not easy to prove that White’s attack is decisive…Black does have a lot of (extra) defenders! However, the truth is that in such cases as this the job of the defender proves too much a burden and it is always easier to lose than defend perfectly.
29. Re1 Nd4 30. Qg7 Bf6 31. Qg3 Ke4
The position reminds me of one of Morphy’s games in a simul in Europe!
32. f3 Kd3 33. Nb2
It is mate in 4 moves! Black throws in the towel