Today’s challenge: Find the typical pattern and react accordingly. White to Move
A.Carmer against P. Zilverberg 1992
Q: Black’s last move was 15…Bg7, was it wise decision?
It was not wise decision as game ended very quickly. It was better to play 15…Nc7 or 15…Qe7.
This leads to checkmate in three moves.
This method of checkmating with knight and bishop is called a suffocation mate.
Gyula Sax against Jan Banas in 2001
Q: Black can’t castle on the king-side. Is castling long preferable?
A: Castling long is not preferable because that loses at least a rook.
Threatening checkmate with Na7.
A tricky move.
If 20…Qb6 then 21. Nd6+ Kb8 22. Nc4+ Ne5 23. Nxb6 wins the rook.
21. Na7+ 1-0
Black resigned in view of Nxc6+ followed by Qxa5 is winning. Of course not 21. Qxa5 then …Rxd1+ followed by …axb5 and Black can get back into the game.
Steinitz Against Brokenbrough in 1885
Q: Of course White is winning. but can you see a way to finish off it quickly?
A:Yes, he can sacrifice his queen as follows:
18. Qxf6!! gxf6
19. Bh6+ – Kg8
Threatening checkmate with Rg3 or Ne7 and the queen can’t protect both the squares.
20… Qc7 21. Rg3 Qxg3 22. Nc7# 1-0
Even 21. Ne7+ also leads to mate.