Thursday, October 27, 2011

Board 4: Schmakel 1 - Rosenthal 0

NM Sam Schmakel provides one bright spot in this gloomy match.  A fun Steinitz Variation of the French leads to a pleasant endgame for White.

During the game, I saw the position after Black's 39th and thought that White's extra horsie was not enough to win.  But Sam demonstrates that just as knights have trouble dealing with rook pawns, the kings that escort rook pawns have trouble dealing with knights.

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