In yesterday’s post I mentioned a chess combination that arose during a tournament game I played a while back. For the benefit of my chess-playing readers I thought I would conclude the week by showing it to you.
This was played at the World Open a number of years ago. I was black. I had blundered out of the opening and had been defending grimly for some time. My opponent, happily, had been playing very sloppily, and missed several clear wins. It is not immediately clear how white should make progress in the endgame below, but you kind of get the feeling that his material advantage ought to prove decisive in the end.
In the position below, my opponent has just moved his queen from e8 to e4. Bad move.
Black to play and win.
I trust someone will leave the solution in the comments. Let me suggest you not read the comments if you want to try to solve it yourself.
Incidentally, to get the full effect you need to imagine how annoying my opponent was. he was getting up from the board after every move. Often he would return to the board, note my move, and reply without even sitting down. Other times he would bang out his reply instantly even when there was no issue of time pressure. He plainly thought the position would win itself. That made my little combo all the more satisfying!