White’s idea is clear enough: tear away at the pawn fortress around the Black King. White’s attacking chances come from Black’s difficulty in conveniently eliminating the White Knight on e5. Should Black now play 14… Bd6 (with this idea) then after 15. Nc4! Qc7 16. Nxd6 Qxd6 17. Rd1! Qc7 18. Bg5! White would have a small but firm positional advantage.
14… Qc7!? 15. h5
Now Black should continue 15… Bd6! If then 16. f4 gh 17. Nxh5 Nxh5 18. Qxh5 g6 White should drop his Queen back to f3, with a more or less balanced position. Wrong would be 19. Nxg6? because Black wins with 19… Qc5!
Black’s failure to play 15…Bd6 can be attributed to a lack of sense of danger. At first sight the Black King seems well defended, with several pawns and pieces in the neighbourhood to protect his Majesty. However, as Dubinin will show–in brilliant fashion–White’s attack has a lot of sting!15… gh 16. Nxh5
Now if 16… Nxh5 17. Qxh5 g6? 18. Nxg6! fg 19. Qxg6 Kf8 20. Bh6 Ke7 21. Rad1 with a winning attack. 16… Nh7 Reasonable enough looking…
Clouds are gathering around the Black King17. Nxg7 !
A shock sacrifice
The first sacrifice on g7. The idea is to draw out the Black King. White is attacking with a lot of pieces and can afford to sacrifice one of them to open up the King side. There is the Queen, Knight (e5), the Bishop along the c1-h6 diagonal, and one of White’s Rooks can enter the fray with an elevator shift to the 3rd rank.17… Kxg7
What else?How should White proceed?
One strong way is 18. Qg4! Kh8 (18… Kf8 19. Bh6 Ke7 20. Qg7) 19. Qh5 Rf8 20. Bf4 Qe7 (20… Bd6 21. Rad1) 21. Rad1 Qf6 (Diagram,right) 22. Nxf7]!! crashing thru. Black is dead.18. Qh5!?
Less forcing, but equally deadly
White often threatens Bh6 check. If Black anticipates this with 18… Kg8 then after 19. Rd1! Nf8 20. Rd3 the Rook comes in with deadly effect, as in the game continuation.18… Bf8!? 19. Re1 !
This Rook is destined for greatness!19… Kg8 20. Re3 Re7
Black decides to defend laterally.
Equally hopeless is 20… Bg7 21. Rg3 Nf8 (Diagram,right)
22. Rxg7!! Kxg7 23. Bh6 Kg8 24. Qg5 Ng6 25. Nxg6! etc with a winning attack. Black could resign 21. Rg3 Bg7
Black is holding for the moment, but a nasty surprise awaits him!
How does White proceed?22. Rxg7 !!
Ouch! The second sacrifice on g7
This game is filled with neat tactical twists!22… Kxg7 23. Bh6 Kh8 24. Rd1!
To Black’s great displeasure, this Rook completely paralyzes the defenders. If now 24… f6 then White crashes thru with 25. Ng6 Kg8 26. Nxe7 Qxe7 27. Rd8! etc24… Nf6
In truth, there is no defence, so Black must try something. At least he attacks the White Queen
Now comes the 3rd surprise for Black25. Bg7 !!
Very pretty! White has succeeded in making 3 sacrifices on the same square! A sort of hat-trick.25… Kxg7 26. Qg5 !
White recovers a piece and still has a raging attack. There is no defence to White lifting his Rook to the 3rd rank, joining in the attack.26… Kh8
No better is 26… Kf8 27. Qxf6 Kg8 28. Rd4! etc. 27. Qxf6 Kg8 28. Rd3!
There is no defence. Black gets mated in several moves. Black throws in the towel.
A beautifully conducted attack! Give the man a cigar…
…for a job well done!
SPRAGGETT ON CHESS