Wednesday, 3 March 2010

The mating net

The following game from the ANU Masters shows a nice mating net, involving bishop and knight. White sacrificed a piece for 2 pawns, connected and passed. Whispers amongst the kibitzers concentrated on whether this would be enough, but Black rendered the discussion moot on move 32 by trapping the king on h3. Then it was a matter of bringing the rook into play, and executing the mate.

Reading,Jeremy (1892) - Guo,Emma (1958)
2010 ANU Masters (4), 03.03.2010

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d3 g6 4.g3 Bg7 5.Bg2 e5 6.c3 Nge7 7.a3 a5 8.a4 d6 9.Na3 h6 10.Nb5 0-0 11.Nd2 Be6 12.Nc4 d5 13.Ncd6 Qd7 14.0-0 f5 15.f4 exf4 16.Bxf4 g5 17.Bd2 Be5 18.exf5 Nxf5 19.Nxf5 Bxf5 20.Qh5 Kg7 21.Bxg5 hxg5 22.Qxg5+ Bg6 23.h4 Rf5 24.Rxf5 Qxf5 25.Qxf5 Bxf5 26.Kh2 Rd8 27.Rd1 d4 28.Bh3 Bxh3 29.Kxh3 Ne7 30.Re1 Kf6 31.c4 Nf5 32.g4 Ne3 33.Na3 Rf8 (D)
34.Nb1 Kg6 35.h5+ Kh6 36.Nd2 Rf2 37.g5+ Kxh5 38.Nf1 Rf3+ 39.Ng3+ 0-1

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