15th December

If you are like me, you will be following the London Chess Classic finale from the front row. If not, please do watch it online.

In this position, find the strongest move and not just a way to an advantage…

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  1. Morgain Le Fey
    December 15th, 2013 at 15:47 | #1

    Boris – Michael 1-0
    Now it’s time for this exercise. 😉

    The most obvious attempt 1. Nxf7?? lost after 1… Qe3+ 2. Kh1 Nf2+ and black gives a smothered mate. So the unprotected knight has to stay on g5. Therefore let’s play 1. h4! Now it is white, who mates after 1… Qxh4?? 2. Qe8+ Rf8 3. Qe6+ Kh8 4. Nf7+ and again a smothered mate follows.

  2. pabstars
    December 15th, 2013 at 21:38 | #2

    Only looked very shortly at it, so please don’t laugh at the suggestion Rf1. If black exchanges the rook and the white king takes back, it seems to me that black’s best try is Qc6 which loses immediately. White’s threats just seem horrible after Rf1.

  3. Jacob Aagaard
    December 15th, 2013 at 23:06 | #3

    @pabstars
    Nobody is laughing at anyone on this site. I think exchanging on f1 and …Qf6+ gives Black the advantage. I see at least a perpetual check.

    Morgain is right. Kritz-Sadorra, Dallas 22.11.2013. It went all the way to smothered mate. There is no real defence for Black to 1.Qd5.

  4. December 16th, 2013 at 02:34 | #4

    Very cute how either side could get a smothered mate.

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