Saunders - Staples
London League 1979
White to play
Here's the reply to my poser from yesterday. You'll scream back that the game went 22 Ng3 Bg6, together with I asked yous what both players had missed.
Influenza A virus subtype H5N1 yoke of people on Twitter suggested 22...Nxh3+ afterwards the motion played (22 Ng3) together with it's a really logical try. However, this is an event of blueprint recognition leading us astray. I can't scream back what I was thinking close when I played 22 Ng3 merely I facial expression I too looked at 22...Nxh3+ together with decided my motion was worth the peril equally at that spot is no immediate mate on the horizon. After 23 gxh3 Qxh3 24 Nxh5 Qxh5 25 Bd1! it is non at all obvious how Black prosecutes his attack.
But instead of 22...Nxh3+, Black has the surprising 22...Bf3!! which turns out to move unanswerable. White cannot withdraw keep alongside the queen because of 23...Nxh3+ discovering an ready on on the queen, spell capturing alongside the pawn loses to 23...Qxh3 together with i time once to a greater extent than White has to give upwards his queen to halt mate.
Those are the principal tactics merely what tin White create if he can't capture? The g2 pawn volition autumn adjacent motion together with alongside it all remaining promise of defending the kingside. White's lay collapses similar a identify of cards.
In retrospect I tin exclusively wishing that my opponent had played it thence that I could withdraw keep resigned directly together with accompanied him across the route to the Old King Lud pub across the route from the (then) London League venue at St Brides' Institute inwards companionship to taste extra drinking fourth dimension for our post-mortem session (I'm certain nosotros ended upwards at that spot anyway merely pubs unopen at ludicrously early on hours inwards those days).
Bf3, to win the g2 pawn, is quite an odd motif, together with what made it harder to run across was the distraction of a to a greater extent than familiar sentiment which needed analysing. I'll withdraw keep around to a greater extent than examples from my sometime scorebooks really soon.