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Kevin Bonham
13-09-2006, 10:27 AM
8/2Q5/3nq2p/3pk1pP/1Bp3P1/2P5/5P2/5K2 w - - 0 38

J O'Mara - Martin, HICC One Hour.

White is in desperate time trouble (it's a G60 flat) and Black has over 20 minutes remaining. White's last move was 37.Qc2+ to which Black responded ...N(e4)d6. (37...Kf6 appears to lose to 38.f3)

Now I was watching analysing 38.Qg7+ but it doesn't seem to lead anywhere but a draw, and thinking White was simply going to lose on time, when he played 38.Bc5!

Whether or not he had time to win it or not, this appears to be a winning zugzwang. Black must throw either the d-pawn or the knight and in either case cannot quite save the position. An example of the winning process if Black throws the knight and tries to get the white kingside pawns:

38...Kf4 39.Qxd6+ Qxd6 40.Bxd6+ Kxg4 41.Ke2! Kxh5 42.Ke3 with f4 to follow. Black must exchange pawns or White's f-pawn runs, and then White cleans up the d and c pawns with the king, trades the bishop for the h-pawn when needed and wins with the c-pawn.

(What actually happened, sad to tell: Black blundered the queen with 38...Qf6?? and after 39.Bd4+ resigned although White had only 38 seconds remaining.)

likesforests
13-09-2006, 10:53 AM
Now I was watching analysing 38.Qg7+ but it doesn't seem to lead anywhere but a draw, and thinking White was simply going to lose on time, when he played 38.Bc5!

An interesting position... thanks for posting it.

Garrett
14-09-2006, 07:28 PM
An interesting position... thanks for posting it.
yes thanks ! 38 seconds is a lot of time when you are a queen up so I can understand the resignation.