SPRAGGETT ON CHESS
Could this be Dina Kagramanov checking out her bishop’s attack from b2 on the a1 – h8 diagonal??
Here is a nice little attacking game to get you started today!
POSITION AFTER 14 MOVES:
From the 26th BELGRADE TROPHY held recently. White gambitted a pawn earlier to gain a lead in development. He has virtually everything in play now, and is about to strike. Black castling Queenside certainly helps…
WHITE TO PLAY AND WIN!
Another quick execution!
POSITION AFTER 19 MOVES:
Also from the Belgrade Trophy. Black had delayed castling and this prompted White to sacrifice a Knight on d5 (surprise, suprise!) Black has been doing the best he can since, but things are not pleasant. On the last move he offered to return the Knight by taking a pawn on e5. Should White immediately capture the Knight then atleast Black will not be mated any time soon!
BUT White has stronger, much stronger….
WHAT IS THE FASTEST WAY FOR WHITE TO WIN?
Murder she wrote!
POSITION AFTER WHITE’S 15th MOVE (15.Rae1):
From Belgrade. White has given up a pawn for the sake of development. He has full compensation. Black must be wary, as he lags in development and this often gives rise to nasty tactics that can explode in your face. For instance, if Black gets greedy and takes the d-pawn then he gets crushed after 16.Qh3! h5 17.Qg3! (hitting the Knight on b8) 17…Na6!? 18.Nxe6! and Black has no good move!
Probably Black must hurry to complete his development with 15…Nd7. INSTEAD, Black decided to push back the annoying Knight on g5:
Trying to get rid of the annoying Knight
This is exactly what I was referring to earlier! Tactics abound when one side has a big lead in development. If now 16…Rxf7 then 17.Rxe6!! wins material in every line, as the student would do well to work out himself.