Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Problem of the Week: Smoking Crater Edition

K.Ammann–K.Conter
Route 20 Chess Club
Freeport, Ill., Feb. 15, 2011



White (yours truly, alas) has just played the lamentable 1.a3??. Black to move and win. (Highlight to reveal answer.)

1...Nxd4!! simultaneously wins a pawn, discovers an attack on white's queen and double-teams c2, making a king-rook fork nearly inevitable. There is no dignified way out, but the least pathetic is to give up the queen: 2.Nxd4 Bxa4.

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