Thursday, February 09, 2006


Find the Cool Move

Books of puzzles which tell you to find the winning move are nice, but you know there is a brilliant move to find. Sometimes over the board they are hard to find because you don't know there is a wonderful move to be found. Thus, finding such moves are ever more enjoyable. Here is from a game against a 1900 rated player about 3 weeks ago and it is I as black to move.

1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. Nc3 dxc4 5. a4 Bf5 6. Ne5 e6 7. f3 Bb4 8. e4 Bg6 9. Bxc4 O-O 10. Bg5 c5 11. d5 Qa5 12. O-O Bxc3 13. bxc3 Qxc3 14. Nxg6 hxg6 15. Rc1 Qe5 16. Bxf6 gxf6 17. Qb3 b6 18. dxe6 Nc6 19. exf7 Kg7 20. Bd5 Nd4 21. Qc4 Rad8 22. Rfe1 Rfh8 23. Kf2 Rxh2 24. Rh1 Qh5 25. Rxh2 Qxh2 26. Rg1 with the move and 14 more to follow.

1. ... Nxf3! with the following possibilities

2. Kxf3 Qxg1
2. Rf1 Nd2
2. Rd1(Rc1, Rb1, or Ra1) Ne5 and Black will soon win the offending pawn f7

The game continued with 2. Kxf3 Qxg1.
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