SPRAGGETT ON CHESS
gm JONES, gawain.
An easy one from yesterday’s 4NCL (English/British team championship). The Black King is on the chopping block…all you have to do is swing the axe!
WHITE TO PLAY AND WIN!
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From the Tchigorin Memorial that just finished yesterday. Here Black has an attack against the White King. White just captured a pawn on e3…Black now must show what he is made of because that Knight on e3 is spoiling Black’s party plans…
BLACK TO PLAY AND WIN!
gm GRIGORYAN, A
Also from the Tchigorin Memorial, from yesterday’s final round. White obviously stands better, but Black is resisting. Never the less, passivity is the first sign of impending defeat in chess…
WHAT IS WHITE’S WINNING PLAN?
Degree of difficulty: moderate
MEMORIES FROM THE PAST….
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POSITION AFTER WHITE’S 12th MOVE (12.Qh5):
This is from a game between two Russian amateurs played earlier this year. White has played an unusual–but probably not totally correct— gambit in the opening that is only just becoming popular amongst GMs (1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.00 Nf6 5.d4!?)
With White’s last move (12.Qh5) the Black King must consider quickly vacating the centre. A number of ideas present themselves, but in general, trying to castle long is the first thing that comes to my mind: 12… Be6!? 13. Bxe6 Nxe6 , but then 14. Rad1 prevents long castling for the moment.
A poor idea is to wait: 12… a6?! as after 13. Rxf6!Qxf6 14. Rf1 Qd6! 15. Rxf7 Kd8 16. Qh4 Ke8 17. Qh5 Black must consider himself lucky that White has only a draw!
INSTEAD, BLACK PLAYED BRILLIANTLY:
This incredibly courageous move dares White: ”Show me what you have!”. The threats are both …Qc5-ch winning the Bishop and …NxR.
Ofcourse! White rises to the challenge (it is too late to back down in any case). Now 13… Qc5? loses to 14. Kh1 Qxc4 15. Nd5!! Rf8 16. Qxe5 Be6 17. Rxe6 with mate to follow
13… Qxf6 14. Rf1!
The position that both sides had aimed for! How should Black play?
Losing is 14… Qe7? 15. Rxf7 Qc5 16. Kh1 Qxc4 17. Rxh7 Kd8 18. Qh4 etc. Also bad is 14… Qxf1?! 15. Bxf1 Be6 16. Qxe5 when White must win.
Black does have a draw, however, with 14… Qd6!? 15. Rxf7 Kd8 16. Qg5 Ke8 17. Qh5 with a perpetual check , since 17… Qg6?? 18. Qxe5! loses.
BLACK SHOWS HIS IDEA:
Shades of Steinitz (!), who taught that the best way to refute a gambit is to accept it and then to return the extra material for a profit!
Now hopeless for White is 15. Bxf7? Ke7 16. Qxg4 Qxf1 17. Kxf1 Ne3, so White must accept the Bishop:
15. Qxg4 Ne3!!
Ouch!! The proverbial family
16. Rxf6–forced– Nxg4 17. Rxf7 Ne3!!–what a beast!– 18. Be6 Rf8!
Because of the mate threat on f1, White is forced to exchange his last Rook, leaving Black with a relatively simple technical task to score the full point.
Beware the woman who can look way past your bullshit and peer right into your soul!——————————————————–
SPRAGGETT ON CHESS