Chess puzzle

I was pretty impressed with this. From a real game at the highest level, between a world Champion who is white.  It’s his move. What should he do?

He did the wrong thing. Find out what he did below the fold. Then work out how you can beat him.

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Gummo Trotsky
14 years ago

f5-g3?

Patrick
Patrick
14 years ago

Damn, I would have done what white did.

f5-g3? that isn’t bad – black will queen in the aftermath and presumably win.

Unless white sidesteps f1-d3. At which point presumably if you want to attack you are drawn to a8 – a1, which you could have done in the first place for an arguably stronger position.

so i will suggest a8 – a1, bearing in mind that black does have to hurry to beat white’s pawn.

Gummo Trotsky
14 years ago

1. … f5-g3 (check)
2. e1xg3 … (h2xg3? a8-h8!)
… d4-d1
3. g3-e1 d1xe1 (threatens e1xf1)
4. h1-g1 a8-a1
5. b3-b1 a1xb1

I think it’s going to be some time before white gets out from under the threat of checkmate for the two moves it will take to queen that pawn.

Ed
Ed
14 years ago

If you were white you would have moved castle b3 to d3 instead of pawn b5-b6. If you were black, (after white’s pawn b5-b6 routine) you would move queen d4 to a1. If the white queen takes the black queen then the black castle takes the white queen and moves for the white bishop. If the white queen moves away instead of taking the black queen then white is still in a world of hurt.

Gummo Trotsky
14 years ago

Damn! I missed 2 b3xg3. Sloppy.

Time for a rethink.

Gummo Trotsky
14 years ago

I dips me lid to Patrick: a8-a1 is much better!

James Farrell
James Farrell
14 years ago

Agreed. If the white queen escapes to e2 where she can still cover the bishop, the black queen goes to C4 and it’s curtains. Her best bet is to go to b1. Castle takes queen and castle takes castle, but that leaves black’s knight just enough time to stop that pawn.

Gummo Trotsky
14 years ago

Black can force a queen exchange with:

1. …d4-a1
2. e1xa1 a8xe1 (threatens a1xf1 and that’s all she wrote) so
3. b3-b1 a1xb1

A whole world of hurt for white – bishop pinned on f1 so it has to be either h2-h3 or g2-g4 to avoid the smother mate. Goodbye passed pawn (maybe), Goodbye knight (maybe) and the boring old king-hunt is on.

Am I getting warm?

Gummo Trotsky
14 years ago

BTW – the right thing for white to do in this situation is to ask for a potty break, and hide himself in one of toilet stalls while he analyses the position. That’s what toilet rolls are for. (see Hartson How to Cheat at Chess).

Patrick
Patrick
14 years ago

I have considered d4-d5 but I can’t figure it out so I guess not that!

So I give up. Now I know why I am not a world champion ;)

James Farrell
James Farrell
14 years ago

1. …f5-g3 (check)
2. e1xg3 a8-h8 (mate).

James Farrell
James Farrell
14 years ago

No, forget that.

James Farrell
James Farrell
14 years ago

1. f5-g3 (check)
2. b3xg3 a8-a1
3. e1xa1 d4xa1
4. a8-a7 a1-d4 (check)
5. a7-a8 e5-a4

Black can soon capture White’s bishop, then stop the pawn, and then he has a queen-castle advantage. But this is no better than my suggestion at #9.

My #14 was very silly. I didn’t look at Gummo’s properly.

Patrick
Patrick
14 years ago

So what did Black do?

James Farrell
James Farrell
14 years ago

Don’t give it away, Nicholas.

Gummo Trotsky
14 years ago

1. …a8-h8

and that passed pawn isn’t going anywhere in the near future!

Gummo Trotsky
14 years ago

Time for a trip to the supermarket to buy another six rolls of analysis paper, I reckon.

TimT
14 years ago

After 1. b5-b6

how about

1… N-e7, bringing pressure on white’s pawn at d5? I don’t think white can hold his pawn on b6 with the pieces that he has.

TimT
14 years ago

A complete shot in the dark, as I haven’t really analysed the position deeply. Or at all.

The Doctor
The Doctor
14 years ago

Ra1!! – a brilliant diversionary move, stopping Rxg3 & working out that there was time to get to h8!

James Farrell
James Farrell
14 years ago

Well, I deduced the solution from the Doctor’s comment above. Any points for that?

Patrick
Patrick
14 years ago

Surely I get some points for comment 3?

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