SPRAGGETT ON CHESS
From this year’s British Championships. Not nearly as strong as last year’s event (which boasted both Adams and Short) but still very strong, with many aspiring GMs and IMs taking part. Below is an excellent example of how to punish your opponent if he forgets to castle…I am certain that my readers will find it appealing to their more sanguine instincts!
POSITION AFTER 22 MOVES:
Ofcourse, there must be several ways to put Black out of his misery, the move 23.Nd5! coming immediately to mind. BUT, sometimes it is necessary to teach your opponent a good lesson, and the more painful the lesson the better!
23. d7! Bxd7 24. Rxf7!!
CRUNCH!!The Greek gift must , unfortunately, be taken. Futile would be 24… Be6 25. Re7 Kf8 26. Qf3 Kg8 27. Bh6! gxh6 28. Qf6 and it is mate
24…Kxf7 25. Qxd7
Which way should the King go, up or down? Going down , 25… Kg8, would be met by 26. Qd5 Kf8 27. Rf1, so the choice is easy!
25…Kg6 26. Nd5!
A pleasing position from White’s perspective! There must have been many spectators crowded around the board at this point…
26…Qa6 27. h4 h5 28. Ne7!
It is a forced mate no matter where the Black monarch runs. Black threw in the towel.
1-0 A real slaughter! Some days it is wiser to stay in bed…