SPRAGGETT ON CHESS
From the French Team Championship today! Here White played 22.Re4 (threatening the classic Rook sacrifice on h7 followed by a brutal mate along the h-file) and Black thought it over a bit and then resigned. A reasonable decision, given that Black is defenceless against White’s enslaught. For example: 22…Bg7 can be met by 23.Bxg7 Kxg7 24.Rxh7-ch! or 22…h6 23.Reh4! and there is no defence.
HOWEVER, in the diagram above, White has a forced mate in 5 moves!
Do you see it?
White missed the flashy 22.Qh5!! and after 22…PxQ 23.Rg3-ch Bg7 24. RxB-ch Kf8 25. Rxh7 and mate next move!