SPRAGGETT ON CHESS
WRONG MOVE ORDER!
Moscow, 1952. Position after White’s 31st move (31.Rd3??). This weak move, based on a miscalculation, actually turns out to be the fastest way to WIN!
Kasparian can now force the win of a piece with 31…Rxg5! If White recaptures then there would follow 32…Nb6! 33.Qb3 what else? 33…c4! 34.Rxc4 Nxc4 35.QxN b3! winning, as there are simultaneous threats of mate on a2 and a check on the first rank.
I am certain that Kasparian (of problem/study/composition FAME ) saw this theme, but mixed up his move order. There followed:
Fully intending to continue 32.Qb3 Rxg5! as in the previous note
OUCH!! Kasparian did not take this into account. Now if the King moves then 33.Rd8 is curtains…SO….1-0
MORAL OF THE STORY: Sit on your hands!
ANOTHER BEAUTIFULLY PLAYED SPANISH OPENING!
Position after 35 moves. From a tournament in St.Petersburg, 1957. After a magnificently played middlegame–filled with finesse and precision, Suetin is now ready to capitalize on his positional plusses.
WHITE TO PLAY AND WIN!
St. Petersburg, 1962. Position after White’s 10.h4!? An usual handling (by both players!) of the Modern Defence. Here Black should probably just castle Kingside…with a messy position.
INSTEAD, Viktor the Terrible decided to counterattack in the centre, a decision that he soon regrets…
Opening the centre with the King still in it is always a risky business…
11.e5! dxe5 12.dxe5 Nxe5 13.Bb5+!
If Black now takes the Bishop on b5 then there will be a later Nc7+ hitting the Rook on a8…
13… Nfd7 14.Bxd7+! Nxd7
Now the game continued 15.Rxd7 Kxd7 16.Rd1+ Bd4 17.Qd5+?! Kc8 18.Rxd4?! Rd8! and Black is still fighting (though White eventually won a nice ending)
INSTEAD, WHITE HAS A MUCH SIMPLER WAY TO WIN IN THE ABOVE POSITION:
WHAT IS IT?