Greed Doesn't Pay (Part II)

Greed Doesn't Pay (Part II)

kenytiger
kenytiger
Oct 27, 2007, 12:00 AM |
12 | Endgames

This classic swindle involving greed, notorious for the blunders from both sides, occurred in an offhand game played at St. Petersburg in 1900. Master of attack Mikhail Tchigorin, commonly known as the first Russian Grandmaster, is playing White, with a Pawn down and his Pawn structure weakened, he sets an ingenious swindle, which, however, has a great flaw. Black had the oportunity of escaping scott-free and with the bonus of a free Rook or Knight, he blew it. White plays 1.Rxa7??  Qb6+ 2.Kg2, after which Black's correct move was 2...Bxf5 with a clear win, as White's Rook at a7 is still under attack. Instead, he decided to capture the Rook, an astonishingly greedy and careless move against a dangerous, attacking master like Tchigorin.

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