SPRAGGETT ON CHESS
fm RAMIRO OVEJERO
Zaragoza just after Xmas. Position after 28 moves. Wild position! White is down an exchange and has his King position compromised, but has a passed pawn on the 7th rank. Passed pawns on the 7th rank have a tendency of forgiving previous reckless play…(!)
Here White played 29.Qc6? Rxe7 30.Qc8+ Kh7 31.Be4+ g6 32.Qf8 and now simply 32…Bf6! wins easily. INSTEAD, from the diagram position, White has an accurate road to maintain the balance.
WHAT IS IT?
(DEGREE OF DIFFICULTY: 7/10)
”THE KING IS A FIGHTING PIECE!”–Steinitz
fm LOPEZ GARCIA,F
Zaragoza, same round as above. Position after 18 moves. Black felt ok here, reasoning that White could not win a piece with 19. c4 as Black escapes after 19…Nb4 20.Qxd6 Qxc4+ 21.Kb1 Qc2+ with a perpetual check.
BUT THIS IS WHAT PLAYED, UP TIL HIS 20th MOVE:
No doubt this move had not escaped Strikovic’s attention, but he did not take it seriously! It turns out that White wins! Black has no perpetual…
21…Qc2+ 22.Ke3 Qb3+ 23.Ke4!
23…Qc4+ 24.Rd4! Qc2+ 25.Kxe5!
MORAL OF THE LESSON:
From Geneva, yesterday! Position after 32 moves. White has a dominating position; especially, his minor pieces are better poised than his opponent’s.
WHITE TO PLAY AND WIN!