SPRAGGETT ON CHESS
POSITION AFTER WHITE’S 14th MOVE:
Black should just castle short and it is still anyone’s game. INSTEAD, Haessel was distracted by the win of a pawn:
14…Bxg2-ch ?! 15.KxB Qg5-ch 16.Kh1 QxN
Winning a pawn while leaving the King in the centre is always risky business! Here perhaps Black was counting on White overplaying his hand with 17.Rxf7? b5!
Here Porper played the very strong 18. Bxg6! when Black found nothing better than Castling, which did not solve any long term problems because after 19.Bh5 it is just a question of time before the White Rooks invade along the open g-file. White won convincingly in 29 moves.
WHITE HAS A FASTER WAY TO WIN! CAN YOU FIND IT?
18.Rxf7!! KxR 19.Rf1-ch Ke7 (nothing better) 20.d5!! making way for Nd4). Black is busted