SPRAGGETT ON CHESS
From the London Chess Classic Open this past weekend. Black had just given a check on d1 and White played his King to g2 (instead, on f2 White loses his Queen to …Ne4-ch).
BLACK TO PLAY AND FORCE MATE!
DO YOU THINK THAT THIS CAN BE ANYTHING OTHER THAN A DRAW?
Position after White’s 61st move (61.Qf3) From the London Chess Classic Open. Ofcourse, this should end in a draw! Unbelievable that Black actually won (!!):
61… Qd6 62.Kg1 Qd4 63.Kf1 Be5 64.Qe2 Bd6 65.Qf3 Bc5 66.Kg1 g5 67.Bc2 Qd2 68.Qf5 Bd4 69.Bd3? (69.Kh2!=)
Maybe White’s last does not lose, but it makes for a good start!
Now White should take the Bishop and though he will be a pawn less, he should draw with reasonable play. When pawns are on only oneside of the board, there are very few winning chances…INSTEAD, White jumped out of the frying pan into the fire:
70.Kh2?? Qe3! 71.Qf3 Qe1 72.Qxh5 Bxg3+ 73.Kh3
Now 73…Bf4! will soon be mate. Arkell preferred the Queen immediately!
73… Qh1+ 74.Kg4 Qd1+
”You humans suck at chess!”
From the recently completed Commonwealth Championship in India. White has an active position and attacking chances on the Kingside. Play continued
16.Nf6-ch!! pxN forced
Here White continued imprecisely with 17.exf6?! and after 17… Nxc2+ 18.Qxc2 Qxf6 19.Ne5 Bc6 20.Ra3 Kh8 21.Rhh3 Rad8 the game was eventually drawn. HOWEVER, in the position above White missed a great opportunity!
WHITE TO PLAY AND WIN!