Sunday, November 22, 2009

Traps and Zaps - Center Game

From Bruce Pandolfini's Chess Openings: Traps and Zaps. 1. e4 e5 2. d4 exd4 3. Qxd4 Nc6 4. Qe3 Nf6 5. Bc4 Ne5 6. Bb3 Bb4+ 7. c3?! Bc5 8.Qg3?

Black to play and win

Play through the board to see the answer!


Frederick said...

Ah yes, one of my favorite miniatures. According to Chernev in 1000 Best Short Games of Chess, p. 9, this is Amateur-Leonhardt, Leipzig 1903. According to Chernev(!) and Reinfeld (him again) in The Fireside Book of Chess, p. 203, it is Amateur-Swiderski, Leipzig 1903. I almost pulled off this exact game on the Internet (mine began 1.d4 e5?! 2.d4), but alas my opponent fell for 8.Qxc5?? Nd3+.

Frederick said...

Er, 2.e4 that is. I also played an offhand game that had a similar finish - winning a queen by one of two forks by either of two knights. N.N.-Rhine, 1977 1.e4 Nf6 2.Nc3 d5 3.d3 e5 4.Qf3 Bg4!? 5.Qg3! (winning a pawn) dxe4 6.Qxe5+ Be7 7.Nxe4 0-0 8.f3? Nc6 9.Qg3 Nxe4! 10.Qxg4 (10.dxe4?? Bh4) Bb4+! 11.c3 Nxc3! 12.Bd2 Nd5 (12...Re8+! is even stronger) 13.Bxb4 Ndxb4 14.Qc4 Nd4! 15.0-0-0 (15.Qxb4?? Nc2+) a5! 16.a3? b5! and White resigned after he realized he was losing his queen (17.Qc3 Na2+; 17.Qc5 Nb3+).