Friday, August 28, 2009

Aaarrgh!!!

In one of my games during the recent tournament, I missed the most beautiful mate I have ever had the chance to deliver. This is straight out of a puzzle book. Dammit! I can’t believe I didn’t see this during the game, it’s so obvious… sigh. Chess blindness I guess. So in the following position, I am white and I already have a crushing advantage. Black just played Rxe5, and after taking his rook I’m up the exchange plus a pawn, and a vicious attack with a discovered check. So it’s all good. Or not.



Instead of taking his rook, I should of course have played 1…Nf8+ Kh8 2.Qh7! Nxh7 3.Ng6#

I was thinking there must be a mate somewhere but somehow I couldn’t see it clearly in my mind, always thinking that his knight was covering the h7 square. Of course I missed the fact that I could sac my queen, because by taking on h7, he would allow the smothered mate. I guess the lesson here is, forget about material, always look at forcing moves when mate is in the air.

I won the game anyways so it’s not a huge deal, but I might not have another chance anytime soon to sac my Queen for a pretty smothered mate. Now I can’t even show off at my club. Crap.

8 comments:

Derek Slater said...

Very pretty indeed.

No sense kicking yourself! You won, everybody misses stuff.

Chessaholic said...

Thanks Derek. I'm done kicking myself :)

chesstiger said...

I saw it immediatly but then again i knew there was mate and hadn't played x-time to reach that position.

Chess? said...

You’re so right that is beautiful. If it’s any constellation, I am not sure there are many of us who would have seen the lady sack.

Anonymous said...

That was sweet. I have seen smothered mates in puzzle books for years, but I have never seen one in any of my own games. Don't worry about missing it...I think it is a rare find.

Chessaholic said...

anonymous: same here... always liked those puzzles but this was the first time I had one in an OTB game.

Chessaholic said...

chess?: thanks! I'm sure 90% of the 3 readers of this blog would've seen it. hmm wait that math doesn't work out...

Intermezzo said...

Most of the prettiest variations never get played. That is why we have chess blogs, so that we can appreciate the beautiful things that would othewise have never come to light!

Been enjoying your blog for a while as I've come to realise that chess blogging is a sort of "group therapy" for the addicted.

Therefore I decided it was time for me to "stand up" confess to my own addiction and start my own chess blog...

chessticles.blogspot.com

I hope you'll find time to come visit as I've managed to find someone who knows the moves from the Lenin vs. Hitler game! :)

You'll spot the mate next time!