Bring all your Toys to the Nursery Party!
Don't you hate it when your friends do something fun, and they don't include you? Chess pieces feel the same way. But we are all guilty of starting an attack prematurely, without including all our pieces in the attack. And it is not just you or me. Artur Yusupov, in his lecture 'Missed Brilliancies', talks about his tendency to ignore certain pieces for a mating attack, and ultimately losing initiative. It is much less painful to learn from other's mistakes than from our own. Here is a game that Yusupov threw away his dominating advantage to draw the position, because he forgot to include all his pieces in the attack.
Now, let us formulate how all of White’s pieces can attack. The Queen and Rook have joined the attack from the h-file. The Knight on e4 can jump in anytime to f6 or g5 and is well placed. The d-Rook is a powerful force in the open file and can come to d8 if necessary. The only piece lacking is the Bishop on b3. 24. Bc2! would have white winning spectacularly, as we will analyse at the end. Alas, Yusupov underestimates the potency of the principle to include all his pieces in the attack.
In move 26, White had one last chance. Instead of bringing the Bishop to the attack, he could have brought the attack to the Bishop. After 26. Qh7+ and 27. Rf3, White has a strong attack on f7, with the Bishop very much involved. But he throws it all away by focusing on the original attack. And Ivanchuk grasps the opportuity with both hands and plays the best possible defence, 26… Qf2! Now the only attacking piece for White is the Queen.
Without firepower, White can only manage to squeeze out a perpetual draw.
Let us see what would have happened had Yusupov cared to include his Bishop in the h7 attack. Enjoy!
Due to Yusupov’s remiss in calculation, the chess world missed out on one of the most spectacular attacking games ever.
In Missed Brilliancies, Yusupov has included numerous games, all in which he lost the win due to not including his b3 Bishop in the game. So please do not feel that your attack is strong enough without all your pieces contributing their part, and deprive us of your brilliancy. I’ll meet you next post with a World Champion who lost because he missed to factor all his opponent’s attacking pieces while formulating a defence strategy. Until then, see ya!