Nov 4, 2016, 8:13 PM
Hi Chess Friends,
Today I hung my queen in a blitz game against a friend. Rather than resigning, I figured I could rely on the fast time control and my rating edge to give me at least some chance to recover. I ended up playing an interesting combination to force a draw, and then realized later that it might not even have been the best move. Can you find the path for white to force a draw?
I was particularly happy to find the counter-intuitive 2nd move of the combination despite the fast time control.
I decided to look at the game later and realized that my combination is not the only way for white to prove compensation. The move 1.Bxg7 is just as good and far more complicated. If you want a bit of caclculation practice you can find the forced mates after 1...Kxg7 and 1...Rxg7.
The main line might be 1...Qc1, when white can actually force material equality and an approximately equal ending. I'll leave that line open to anyone who wants to work out an answer in the comments.
Thanks for reading and have a great weekend!