Thursday 11 February 2021

A very narrow escape

 I was incredibly lucky to escape from almost certain doom in a game I played during a coaching class earlier this week. I was Black against one of the students, and clearly the summer holidays had done his chess a world of good. As you can see from the diagram I was down a queen (having given it up to avoid mate), and my only hope lay with the b pawn. Even then, if my opponent played the correct move it was time for me to resign. But having just doubled my rooks on the d file, my opponent, worried about getting mated on the back rank, played 1.Rc8. Obviously it means I cannot capture twice on d1, but 1 ... Rxd1 2.Qxd1 Rxc8 was enough for me to score a very lucky win. 

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