Thursday, January 14, 2010

aesthetically pleasing

Black to move 
NN (966) -Maret Thorpe (988), January 13, 2010

Evanston Chess Club TD and Secretary of the Illinois Chess Association Maret Thorpe sends us the finish to one of her online two-minute games.  Although White is formally up material (rook + knight + extra pawn > two bishops), the incredible activity of Black's pieces plus the marooned fellow on h8 should mean that White is not long for this world.  And indeed, something simple like 1...Ba3+ is crushing.

But Black found something even stronger.....

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