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Nxg7 & Nxg7 & Nxg7 Then Nxg7

I found myself on the No.23 bus going home laden down with the
week's messages. She (Mrs Chandler) was moaning about the pile
of what she called junk food I had sneaked into the shopping trolley.

Stuffed down the side of the seat on which I was being nagged
was an old magazine. FOCUS, May 2003. I sought refuge in it's pages.

There were two mentions of Chess!
One an old Chess puzzle.

How many Squares IN a Chess Board?
Not the 64 squares on the Chess board,
how many squares make up the Chess board.
(answer below).

The second mention of Chess was in an article
on how you go about conquering Mount Everest.

(how can you conquer a mountain?)

Did you know that Sir George Everest after whom
the mountain is named, actually pronounced his
name 'Eve - rest' and not 'Ever - est'.

Apparently, to climb Everest (Eve-rest) you need the
physically strength of Hercules and the mental toughness
of Anatoly Karpov.

So has Karpov climbed Everest? Did Hercules play Chess?

Actually the journalist using Anatoly Karpov as a household
name was quite a surprise. I would have thought Kasparov was
the more famous of the two. Of course in the past if a writer
needed a Chess player's name to drop onto the non playing public
they would opt for Bobby Fischer.

I guess Fischer is no longer symbolic of mental toughness.
Either that or they don't think he could climb Mount Everest.

Speaking of publications one finds scrunched up on buses.
One usually finds loads of Metro's, a few Sun's, a couple of
Record's and the occasional Scotsman.

On the 10th May J.B. Henderson showed a game played in
the Russian Team Championship. Look at this...

[Click here to replay the game]
K. Landa - E. Shaposhnikov

1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Bf5 5.Ng3 Bg6 6.h4 h6 7.Nf3 Nd7 8.h5 Bh7 9.Bd3 Bxd3 10.Qxd3 e6 11.Bf4 Qa5+ 12.Bd2 Bb4 13.c3 Be7 14.c4 Qa6 15.0-0 Rd8 16.b4 Ngf6 17.a4 b6 18.Rfe1 0-0 19.Nf5 Rfe8 20.Nxg7 Kxg7 21.Rxe6 fxe6 22.Bxh6+ Kh8 23.Bg7+ Kxg7 24.Qg6+ Kh8 25.Ng5 Rf8 26.h6

.. a brilliant game. Black cannot stop the mates on f7,g7 and h7.
The combination starting with 20 Nxg7 is very similar to
Alastair Burnett's brillo v C. McDonald which appeared here
a few columns ago. I'll show it again. It's a good game.

[Click here to play over the game]
A. Burnett vs. C. McDonald

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Bd7 5.Nf3 Bc6 6.Bd3 Nd7 7.0-0 Ngf6 8.Ng3 Be7 9.c4 b6 10.b3 Bb7 11.Bb2 c5 12.d5 exd5 13.Nf5 0-0 14.Re1 Re8 15.cxd5 Bxd5 16.Bb5 Be6 17.Nxg7 Kxg7 18.Rxe6 fxe6 19.Ng5 Nf8 20.Qh5 e5 21.Qf7+ Kh8 22.Bxe5 h6 23.Bc4 1-0

Now look at this. White is the Ex Woman's World Champion
Nona Gaprindashvili, played at Wijk aan Zee in 1979.

[Click here to replay the game]
N. Gaprindashvili - J. Nikolac

1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Bf5 5.Ng3 Bg6 6.h4 h6 7.h5 Bh7 8.Nf3 Nd7 9.Bd3 Bxd3 10.Qxd3 e6 11.Bf4 Qa5+ 12.c3 Ngf6 13.a4 c5 14.0-0 Rc8 15.Rfe1 c4 16.Qc2 Be7 17.Ne5 0-0 18.Nf5 Rfe8 19.Nxg7 Kxg7 20.Bxh6+ Kxh6 21.Nxf7+ Kxh5 22.g4+ Kh4 23.f3 Nxg4 24.Re4 1-0

Again good stuff and very similar to the Landa game.

I set up my database of 1.2 million games to pull
out games with the manoeuvre WNf5xg7 then BKg8xg7.

It threw up this game which must be the most single
minded attack in the history of Nxg7 sacs (I stopped at 200).

White chucks the Knight onto g7 and then dances around the pinned
Knight setting up the Bishop on d3, Queen on the h-file battery.

All White wants to do is play Bxf6(+) and then Qxh7 mate.
And nothing, even the lose of both Rooks, is going to stop him.

I'm not too sure about the soundest of it all but it must have
great fun playing the White side. It was played in the USA 1987.

[Click here to replay the game]
Olive - Botshon

1.b3 e5 2.Bb2 Nc6 3.e3 Nf6 4.Nf3 e4 5.Nd4 Be7 6.Nf5 0-0 7.Nxg7 Kxg7 8.Qg4+ Kh8 9.Qxe4 d5 10.Qh4 Nb4 11.g4 Nxc2+ 12.Kd1 Nxa1 13.Bd3 d4 14.Bxd4 Bxg4+ 15.Qxg4 Qd5 16.Qh4 Qf3+ 17.Kc1 Nxb3+ 18.axb3 Qxh1+ 19.Kc2 Qc6+ 20.Nc3 Kg8 21.Bxf6

A lovely piece of entertaining Chess.

How many Squares in a Chessboard Answer:
There are 204 squares IN a Chess Board.
1 8x8. 4 7x7, 9 6x6, 16 5x5, 25 4x4, 36 3x3,
49 2x2 and finally 64 1x1 Total = 204.

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