Knight Power

Sep 16, 2009, 7:00 AM |

In this game, Alexander Alekhine faced off against P Potemkin in St. Petersburg, 1912, where the reader can see Black already stationed with a duo of Knights. What could he be thinking? Well, here is some basic analysis from me: On 12...Qa5+, an early assault on the King can be seen. White cannot play 13. Bd2 or 13. Qd2 because Black could continue with 13...Nxe3! which wins a Knight and/or a possible Bishop. I have composed a diagram showing you the 2 variations I have mentioned above.

The next set of moves I want to analyze begins with 16. Kg3? where White exposes himself a little more than neccessary. Any thoughts? Next, Black comtinues to surprise his opponent with 16...Nxd4?! which offers up a Queen for a Pawn. A catch-22? YES! Potemkin may have Black's Queen, but this is a trade that he will soon regret. As soon as Alekhine plays 17...Nxf5+, Potemkin stares blankly at the forced mate in 2 OR 3; depending on where White chose to move. White is mated with the duo of Knights -- BEAUTIFUL MATE.