Thursday, July 21, 2016

Hide Behind Safest Pawns

You cannot capture your own pawn for checkmate. Pawns in front of the king provide protection. Your own pawn is good but your opponent's pawn can be even better!

The Queen's Knight game between Murad Abelyan and Alexandr Spirin began 1.e4 Nc6 2.d4 e5 3.dxe5 Nxe5. This exchange line avoids the Scotch Game (3.Nf3) and gains time attacking Black knight. After 4.Bf4 Ng6 5.Bg3 d6 to the players developed reasonably and castled opposite sides.

White's attack arrived first. But after 22.gxh7+ the Black king was safe hiding behind the White pawn with 22...Kh8. White's king was not so fortunate when hiding behind his pawn at c3. Black ripped the position open with 24...Rxc3. Half a dozen moves later Black came crashing through for checkmate.

Abelyan (1712) - Spirin (1943), Moscow Open RUS (7.120), 06.02.2015 begins 1.e4 Nc6 2.d4 e5 3.dxe5 Nxe5 4.Bf4 Ng6 5.Bg3 d6 6.Nc3 Nf6 7.Bc4 Be7 8.Qd2 0-0 9.0-0-0 a6 10.f4 b5 11.Bd3 Nh5 12.Nd5 Bg4 13.Nf3 c5?! [13...c6=] 14.Bf2 [14.f5+/=] 14...Bf6 [14...Bxf3 15.gxf3 Ngxf4=/+] 15.h3 [15.f5+/=] 15...Bxf3 16.gxf3 Nhxf4 17.Nxf6+ Qxf6 18.Be3 Rfd8 19.h4 c4 [19...Nxd3+ 20.Qxd3 Qxf3-+] 20.h5 cxd3 21.hxg6 Rdc8 22.gxh7+ Kh8 23.c3 Ne2+ [23...b4-/+] 24.Kb1 Rxc3 25.bxc3 [25.Bg5! Qd4 26.Be3=] 25...Nxc3+ 26.Kc1 Ne2+ [26...Rc8-+] 27.Kb1 Nc3+ 28.Kc1 Rc8 29.Qe1 Na4+ 30.Bc5 Qb2# 0-1

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