SPRAGGETT ON CHESS
Three positions from games played this past month. Certainly not great games, but I enjoyed the finish in each othe them! Aesthetically pleasing… I hope you feel the same way.
POSITION AFTER WHITE’S 19th MOVE:
From a tournament in Budapest. White’s King is wide open but he has covered every entry point, preventing the Black Rook from coming into play. Give White a move or two and he might even succeed in pushing back the Black forces…
UNFORTUNATELY, chess can be a very cruel game and you rarely get second chances.
HERE BLACK FOUND A BRILLIANT AND SURPRISING WAY TO FORCE WHITE’S RESIGNATION:
20…Rxe3!! 21.PxR Qg3-ch! 22.Kh1 (only)
White resigns. After taking the Knight 23…Be4-ch wins the house.
POSITION AFTER 19 MOVES:
Played last weekend at the 4NCL in England. My friend, and former team-mate, grandmaster Stuart Conquest has built up a strong Kingside attack. A VERY strong attack! Black has managed to surround his King with all of his pieces, but this only leads to an unexpected and very original smothered mate!
20.Bxg7!! Rxg7 (is there any point to giving up the Queen?) 21. Nh6-mate!
POSITION AFTER 17 MOVES:
Also from last weekend’s 4NCL team championship. Here we find a Sicilian defence, where often the initiative counts more than material. Black has sacked the exchange in order to get the Queen into a menacing position around the White King. BUT, Mickey has both the open g-file and the move! CAN MICKEY MAKE IT COUNT?
YES! The Bishop on c3 will be the hero.
GUESS HOW THE GAME FINISHED!