View Full Version : Nice combo that sadly didn't happen

Kevin Bonham
09-09-2005, 05:34 PM
In a club G60 this week I'd been mixing things up a bit tactically when I didn't need to and found myself (white) in this strange position:

4Rnk1/1p1q1ppp/p2p1b2/3P1N2/5B2/8/PP3PPP/R5K1 w - - 0 19

I'd rejected 19.Nxd6? because everything goes pearshape after 19...Be7! Play continued 19.Ra8 Qxf5 20.Bxd6 h6 21.Bxf8 Qxd5 22.Be7+ Kh7 23.Bxf6 gxf6 and I eventually won after mistakes from my opponent in this otherwise probably drawn position (the thread about resigning has the final position.)

But I wish I'd spent more time thinking about 19.Rae1!? I'm not sure if it's objectively stronger, but it does have a really cute trick attached to it: if Black plays the obvious but incorrect 19...Qxf5 then 20.Rxf8+!! Kxf8 21.Bxd6+ Be7 22.Rxe7! and it's all over:

5k2/1p2Rppp/p2B4/3P1q2/8/8/PP3PPP/6K1 b - - 0 22

Black has eighteen legal queen moves, all of which lose the queen to discovered check (22...Qxd5 23.Re6! and the queen has to take the bishop or it's mate next move), as do all eight legal pawn moves, and the sole legal king move gets mated. :wall: :wall: :wall:

09-09-2005, 05:51 PM
Hey Kevo mate....mate, listen...I just bought NIC #6. In the back they have Nisipeanu. I noticed that youse two look alike mate. What with the long hair and all.


Kevin Bonham
09-09-2005, 06:04 PM
I'd never noticed that before.


Not quite a dead ringer but certainly very close. (That's him, not me.)