Friday, May 25, 2007

Missed it by That Much

Dang it, he let an 1800 player off the hook and he had him. Me I would have voted to give him the perpetual check. But no, my best friend wanted to kill, and got slightly disheartened. He saw it, and went for it, and just didn't get it.

Can you see the perpetual?


The game continued

... Rc8
Rd1 Rc5
Qb7 ... And ????

So sad, he had his man...


Temposchlucker said...

Re5 followed by Qxh2 and Rh5# (Anastasia's mate) looks winning for black?

takchess said...

Just to be clear, is your son playing White and is white to move in your first diagram?

Loomis said...

Remarkably I was attracted to Ng3 in both these positions. It leads to perpetual in the first position and mate in 4 in the second position. Of course, after Tempo's suggestion, the mate in 2 in the second position became obvious.

I know that I have learned the Ng3 idea from CT-Art -- there are a number of problems there where the knight sacs to open the h-file. But for some reason, I don't see this other mate as an instinctual pattern even though I've seen it in problems many times.

Another mystery of how the chess brain (doesn't) work.

Congrats to your son on a well played game even if the ending didn't go perfectly. I am really curious what he played at the very end after Qb7.

hisbestfriend said...


He had been working that thread, but just couldn't see it over the board, and played the very weak Rb6. After that, White's threats come home, and the game is over. He did play very computer like at the end, delayed checkmate for a long time, almost won on the clock.

I was very proud of the whole performance. He was ticked off at me for showing him the win, thinking I was taunting him. But I really wasn't. He made a bold move to Ne2 earlier in the game which really put his opponent on his heals, and it led to what should have been the win.

The important thing was, he did the important thing. Next time the win!