Thursday, October 20, 2011

Blaze 3½ - Dallas Destiny ½

Today's text (equally relevant to Grandmasters and Class E players): "For what is a man profited if he shall gain a whole rook and lose his own king"?

Even though Josh Friedel got his opponent's king to walk all the way out to f4 in the middlegame, it was relatively safe because of the locked pawn center, and it was White who was pressing Black.  And this game could easily have gone the other way (the computer likes 45.h5!).   But White succumbed to temptation with 47.Qc8+, after which GM Friedel demonstrated the error of gross materialism.


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