SPRAGGETT ON CHESS
Every spring I try to play in the traditional tournament in San Sebastian (Spain). I really love the city! It combines a mixture of the past and the modern. And we usually play in the world famous Casino…site of the famous tournament where Capablanca made his European debut so long ago.
My opponent is a former Spanish Champion.
Spraggett K. – Llaneza Vega, Patricia
San Sebastian 2007.
1. Nf3 Nf6 2. g3 g6 3. b3 For some reason I have been attracted by this Reti-ish line, and have racked up an incredible score, even against grandmasters! 3… Bg7 4. Bb2 O-O 5. Bg2 d6 6. c4 e5 7. d3 Nc6 8. O-O h6 9. Nc3 Nh5 10. e3 f5 11. a3 a5 12. Rb1 Be6 13. Nd5 Qd7 14. Nh4 Kh7 15. f4 exf4 But this move is not to be recommended! Now I was given an opportunity to demonstrate my tactical cunning
16. Nxg6! drawing the king forward
16… Kxg6 17. Qxh5!!
the real point. Now if the king backs away, then black’s position will be in shatters. So my opponent graciously decided to play for the spectactors
17… Kxh5! 18. Nxf4 Kg5 19. h4 Kg4 20. Kh2
A quiet moment before the axe swings
It is a mate [1:0]