I stumbled across this is in a hoc-shop in Dalry.
Informator No.44 in shocking orange. Cost £1.00
A quick flick through it and saw an interesting diagram.
Svesnikov (2490)- Ivanovic (2535) Gora 1987.
Black has just played 12 Bc8-h3.
If you look at the diagram you will notice
that Black sacced a pawn to reach this position.
White took it knowing he was going to come under
a bit of pressure and this position to an
under 2000 player is pressure. It's only move time.
The tricks are happening because of the Kg1+Qd2 Knight fork pattern.
So 13.gxh3 Rxe2 14.Nxe2 Nf3+ wins the Queen.
Also 13.Kh1 Rxe2 14.Nxe2 Bxg2+ 15.Kxg2 Qf3+ wins.
Play safe by moving the Bishop is a plausible under 2000 move.
This is met with 13.Bd3 Bxg2 14.Kxg2 Qf3+ 15.Kg1 Nf3
White is in trouble. Examples of tries.
17.Rg1 Qh4! (17...Qh3 18.Qf4)
18.Rg2 Nxd2 Black is a Queen up.
17.Be2 Rxe2 18.Qxe2 Qh3 19.Qxf3 Qxf3+ is a better effort but Black should win.
17.Qh6?! You must look at everything. Store this defensive idea.
17...gxh6 18.Rg1 Nxg1 19.Rxg1 Qxg1+
Black is a double exchange up.
17.Qc1 Nh4! Note the different mode of attack.
Adding the various attacking patterns with Queen & Knight to your
armory will bear fruit in the future. White is lost after 17.Nh4!
Now after 17.Qc1 can Black also win with 17...Qh4?
Note 17...Qh3 allows the 18.Qf4 defence.
17.Qc1 Qh4?! 18.Kg2 Qxh2+ 19.Kxf3 Qh3+ 20.Kf4 g5+ 21.Kxg5
Now I fully expected to be able to show you a forced win.
I stopped looking when the White King landed on g5.
After I finished playing over the game looking for other
interesting positions I put it into a database and added
my variation with 17...Qh4. I chased the King up to g5.
I was mildly surprised not to see the mate right away.
Then I was a wee bit worried when I could not see any mate at all.
I would have gone down this line stopping my analyse at 21.Kxg5 claiming a win.
There is a brilliant kick in the teeth, jaw dropping White winning
variation which I could simply not believe I was analysing.
I thought I was on drugs and hallucinating.
So desperate needs require desperate solutions. I fired up Fritz.
It too finds no win. The best Black can do from here is a perpetual.
My fantastic variation? 21...Re5+ 22.Kf6!
Who would have played this in a game. It wins!
Fritz does not even look at this line.
This is my main bugbear with Fritz, it's unromantic.
So in this position with White to play.
Black threatens 23...Qe6+ 26.dxe6 R8xe6 mate or the uglier 23...Qh4+ mating.
White wins using a tempo gaining Rook sac to bring the Queen to the g-file.
23.Rg1+ Kh8/f8 24.Rg8+ Kxg8 (24...Rxg8 25 Kxe5)
25.Qg1+ mates. Brilliant!
A wonderful example of a 'steel' King.
Just shows you what can lay inside some positions. I was chuffed at
digging it out. But not too happy with my intuition for dragging me
there in the first place expecting to find a cute Black win.
Of course in the actual game White defended like a Grandmaster
and nothing like this happened. White thwarted Black's attempts
to mix it and headed for the ending with a pawn in his pocket.
The Queens came off and it was a coast.
There was one moment when White could have
allowed Black back into the game by being 'clever.'
In this position he may have sprung the trap
set by Black with his last move 26...Re8-e4.
27.Nc3 thinking when Black takes the f-pawn then
27...Rxf4+ 28.Ke3 wins a piece.
No. 28.Ke3 Rf1! was Black's idea. The game is back in the pot.
If you have a clear cut path that suddenly splits in
two then take the no nonsense sensible route.
It ended with 38.d6 and the Knight laughing at the Bishop as
it nursed home the passed d-pawn that Black sacced on move nine.
Here is the complete game.
[Click here to replay the game]
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 exd4 4.Nxd4 Bc5 5.Be3 Bxd4 6.Bxd4 Nf6 7.Nc3 0-0 8.Bxf6 Qxf6 9.Qd2 d5 10.exd5 Re8+ 11.Be2 Nd4 12.0-0 Bh3 13.f4 Qb6 14.Kh1 Nxe2 15.Nxe2 Bg4 16.Ng3 Re3 17.Rae1 Rae8 18.h3 Bd7 19.Kh2 g6 20.Rxe3 Qxe3 21.Qb4 Qb6 22.Qxb6 axb6 23.Kg1 h5 24.Kf2 h4 25.Ne2 Bb5 26.Re1 Re4 27.Kf3 f5 28.b3 Be8 29.Kf2 Kf8 30.Rd1 Ke7 31.Rd4 Rxd4 32.Nxd4 Kd6 33.c4 b5 34.Ke3 bxc4 35.bxc4 Bf7 36.Nb5+ Kc5 37.Nxc7 Kxc4 38.d6
And I also give in full the fantasy 'Steel King' variation.
Memorise it. One day you may have to give a chess lecture.
This is perfect. It's entertaining and covers such topics as:
1)The Speculative Pawn Sacrifice in the Opening.
2)Beware: A Forkable King & Queen
3)Demonstrates the strength of the
Queen & Knight as a potent attacking team.
4)The slack attacking move (17...Qh4) thinking anything will win.
5)The nerve to enter a 'Steel King' variation.
6)Seizing the opportunity (22 Kf6 + 24.Rg8+).
[Click here to replay the game]
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 exd4 4.Nxd4 Bc5 5.Be3 Bxd4 6.Bxd4 Nf6 7.Nc3 0-0 8.Bxf6 Qxf6 9.Qd2 d5 10.exd5 Re8+ 11.Be2 Nd4 12.0-0 Bh3 13.Bd3 Bxg2 14.Kxg2 Qf3+ 15.Kg1 Qg4+ 16.Kh1 Nf3 17.Qc1 Qh4 18.Kg2 Qxh2+ 19.Kxf3 Qh3+ 20.Kf4 g5+ 21.Kxg5 Re5+ 22.Kf6 Rae8 23.Rg1+ Kh8 24.Rg8+ Kxg8 25.Qg1+
Chess in Crosswords (No.197)
The Scotsman, Tuesday 19th Dec. 2006.
"Design of squares available for mate, perhaps (10)"
The Sun,Thursday 21st Dec. 2006.
"Keep a Rook (6)"
I was amused reading a recent Scotland on Sunday article by Dougie Bryson.
He suggests we build a time machine,
go back 20 years and nobble Mathias Wullenweber.
He is the cheery lad who invented the Chessbase program in 1987
and worked on Fritz (spit) in 1991. If we can stop his work then
these computer things might not be so damned good.
Going back in time to stop something from happening in the future
is a common storyline in S.F. books and films. (Terminator I & II).
However in this case I feel we need to go back further.
I advocate going back to 1967 when the program MacHack was the
first computer to score a win against a human in a tournament.
Perhaps we can swap the human with a stronger player who does not lose.
This may set back things a few years but I fear it would
not have halted the eventual progress of these machines.
This position caused a stir in 1967. Black MacHack to play.
What would you do?
MacHack played 1...Rxf2!+ and the human resigned a few moves later.
It took the boffins a while to progress from there because everyone
who knew how to program a computer jumped on the chess bandwagon.
Sometimes with hilarious results.
In 1979 there was a computer called 'Champion Chess' (Waddingtons Games).
It cost £89.50. David Levy was testing it. He was white.
1.Nf3 Nf6 2.Ne4 Ne5 3.Qxf7 mate!
It was totally useless as it could not differentiate between legal
and illegal moves. It would not make illegal moves but would allow them.
Back to Mathias Wullenweber the inventor of Chessbase.
I've been messing about with an anagram maker.
Mathias Wullenweber turns into - 'We rebuilt a Welshman.'
I then noticed a rather rude word which this anagram maker ignores.
Mathias Wullenweber turns into - 'Aware men, we Bullshit.'
R.Kynoch - J.Marr SNCL 2006
Here is a lively game from the Scottish National League.
Watch out for the double Knight sac on f5. Black cannot
take the second Knight as it opens the g-file with a check.
Instead Black tries to sac-back on f6.
Johnny Marr is an expert at wriggling out of these doomed
positions but on this occasion his ducking and diving is
all in vain as Richard Kynoch presses home using sheer
weight of attackers out numbering the defenders.
[Click here to replay the game]
R.Kynoch - J.Marr
1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 g6 4.g3 Bg7 5.Bg2 c6 6.a4 Na6 7.Nge2 Nc7 8.0-0 0-0 9.h3 a6 10.Be3 Bd7 11.Qd2 Qc8 12.Kh2 a5 13.f4 e6 14.Rf2 d5 15.e5 Nfe8 16.g4 b5 17.Raf1 b4 18.Nd1 Na6 19.Ng3 c5 20.f5 cxd4 21.Bxd4 Bxa4 22.f6 Bh8 23.Ne3 Bb5 24.Rg1 Nc5 25.Bxd5 Ra7 26.Nef5 exf5 27.Nxf5 Bxf6 28.exf6 Kh8 29.Qh6 Rg8 30.Ne7 Qa6 31.Bxf7 Qd6+ 32.Kh1 Bc6+ 33.Rgg2 Qxd4 34.Nxg6+ Rxg6 35.Qf8+
I've just been listening to Radio Scotland and a couple of
presenters are reviewing the Sunday papers. One of them was Fiona Ross.
Apparently the papers are all going on about Bono getting a knighthood.
One of the headlines said, 'U2 ARE A SIR.'
She said, "I cannot understand the U2 reference...."
"....must be a link with Bob Geldorf."