Wednesday, July 23, 2008

White to Play and Kick Ass

I found the following little gem on Tim Krabbé's Chess Curiosities site. Take a look at the following game from Hendriks - Spanton, Hastings 2006. After

1.e4 e5 2.Bc4 Nf6 3.d3 c6 4.Nf3 d5 5.Bb3 Bb4+ 6.Bd2 Bxd2+ 7.Qxd2 dxe4 8.Nxe5 O-O 9.dxe4 Qe7 10.Qf4 Nh5

they reached the following position:

What’s the best continuation for white? Hint: It’s a beautiful move. Highlight between the brackets for the solution:

[12.Qg3! Nxg3? 13.Ng6+ hxg6 14.hxg3# Note Black isn’t forced to play 12…Nxg3, but 12...Rxf7 still leaves white with an advantage, for example after 12...Rxf7 13.Qg5]


Glenn Wilson said...


Our Sword said...

Dammit I should have taken longer. Got impatient and checked the answer. I was thinking something with Ng6+ to open the h-file but had no idea how to exploit it. Good problem.

Chessaholic said...

rt: It's a very counter-intuitive move to see. The IM that played the game didn't see it so us patzers shouldn't feel to bad for not finding it :)