Double Bishop SAC, King Hunt, an X-Ray Mate

Sep 17, 2009, 3:35 PM |

In this game, Siegbert Tarrasch faed off against Aron Nimzowitsch in St. Petersburg, 1914. "To redress the balance to a great chess teacher, here is a brilliant win by Tarrasch."--Raymond Keene. As Keene implies, the reader can only imagine the masterpiece that Black will ensue later on in this match. Here is some of my basic analysis: By Nimzowitsch playing 18. Nxd2, "the guardian of the King's field leaves his post for a moment, assuming wrongly that 19. Qc3 is a major threat [and] if 18. Qxd2 d4 19. exd4 Bxf3 20. gxf3 Qh4"--Tartakower.

Double Bishop SAC, a King Hunt, & and X-Ray Attack: The next series I want to analyze is 19...Bxh2+?! sacrificing itself to draw the King out into the open. 20...Qh4+ follows up the attack only to be further complimented with 21...Bxg2! White's reply is 22. f3 because if "22. Kxg2 Qg4+ 23. Kh2 Rd5-+"--Tartakower. The Bishop changes it's role to protect the Queen when Black's Queen sweeps in to h1. 24...Bxf1 cannot be taken with the Rook  [because of] 25...Qh2+ [OR] 25. Nf6+ Kf8 26. Nxe8 Qg2+. White is now under the influence of a forced mate in 7! Can you find it? The attack ends with White killing Black with an X-Ray Attack, a brilliant finish to a brilliant game.