Developing a Sense of Danger
Most Surprising Double-Rook Sacrifice in History?
I recently had the good fortune to come across the following position from the 1978 game between Larry Christiansen and Yasser Seirawan at a tournament in Berkeley, USA. (I recommend readers to get hold of Christiansen’s ‘Storming the Barricades‘ printed by Gambit). At the time both were the top up and coming youngsters in the country and would soon explode on to the international scene.
Black had just played the move 28…g5?, attacking the Rook on h4. To understand the psychology behind this voluntary weakening of the King position, it is best we go back a few moves so as to demonstrate the importance of developing a sense of danger in chess.
gm Christiansen,L – im Seirawan,Y
Position after 26 moves:
A very instructive example of how a player can allow himself to turn off his sense of danger. The White Queen move to a1 – so far, far away from Black’s King – lured Seirawan into a false sense of security. Christiansen deserves great credit for his forceful finish, and especially for his creative ‘Qa1’.