Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Not just any move…

Now and then (but not often enough) the happy position arises on the chessboard where it seems almost any move wins. Here’s such a case. White’s 18.Rxg7+ begs to be played. So White plays it, and mate soon follows.In fact, mate is forced.

But not with just any move. In his follow-up White played a slight inaccuracy, after which Black could have drawn. Plug this into your computer and the drawing move pops up instantly. But give it a try on your own first.

Alanic,X (2080) - Brient,Y
France, 2000
Hübsch Gambit

1.d4 Nf6 2.Nc3 d5 3.e4 Nxe4 4.Nxe4 dxe4 5.f3 Bf5 6.Qe2 exf3 7.Qxf3 Qc8 8.Bc4 e6 9.Nh3 Bd6 10.0-0 0-0 11.Bf4 Nc6 12.c3 Bxh3 13.gxh3 e5 14.Be3 Qd7 15.Kh1 exd4 16.cxd4 Nd8 17.Rg1 Re8

18.Rxg7+ Kxg7 19.Bh6+ Kxh6 20.Qf6+ Kh5 21.Rg1 Be7 22.Be2+ 1-0

Solution and PGN are here.