Wednesday 11 November 2015

We are all just prisoners here

Another 'remember the position' exercise from a game at the ANU Chess Club. White had been under a lot pressure earlier on, but after the exchange of rooks and some minor pieces, had avided the worst of it. In fact the Black queen, which had come to a4 to threaten the queenside pawns now found itself in a cage, after White blocked the retreat with b5.
Of interest to the kibitzers was how White could attack the imprisoned queen, especially as he only had 10 seconds left (although with a 10 second increment as well). In the end he found the following moves, which while not winning the queen outright, was good enough to win the game (again based on my imperfect memory).

1.h3 Bd7 2.Kd2 g5 3.Kc1 h5 4.Kb2 c6 5.bxc6 Bc8 6.Ne2 Ba6 7.Nc3 Qxc4 8.Qxc4 Bxc4 9.c7 Ba6 10.Na4 Bc8 11.Nxb6 Bxh3 12.c8Q Bxc8 13.Nxc8 h4 14.gxh4 gxh4 15.Nxd6 h3 16.Nf5+ Kf6 17.d6 
(And thanks to Fred Litchfield for suggesting I put this on my blog, even though he was on the losing end of it)

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