Thursday 29 January 2009

A game for the ages

Round 10 of the 2009 Croation Championship saw a game that I am sure will turn up in many game collections from this year onwards. The game starts as a normal Sicilian, and the middlegame is a king-side versus queenside affair. Except that in defending his queenside White wins blacks pawns on that half of the board, while Black does the same to White's kingside pawns. Then both players start pushing their pawns up the board with White being slightly faster getting a second queen. Not to be outdone Black gets his pawns down to g2 and h2, although by this stage White has gained a third queen! But before Black can bring about the previously unplayed 3Qv3Q position, White ends the game with an attack on the Black king.
Play through it and be amazed!

1 comment: said...

I can't say I was that impressed with the game, although I do concede that it is rare to see a top flight player having more than one queen on the board.