A Memorable Street Fight


This game occurred in the second round of the Illinois Open.  By winning this game, I earned the right to get crushed by Andrew Karklins in Round Three.

I don't prefer an alley war in chess, but when the position calls for it, I will dig in and fight. In this game, I dared my opponent to shove his Kingside Pawns forward while my King sat on e8. Then I snatched his g-Pawn and taunted him to clock me on the kisser.  He swung and missed.

The position at move 18 is remarkable. All of Black's pieces except the Queen are on the 8th rank, but things are okay!  Later, Black returns the Pawn and his  King walks to safety on b8. In the end, White has to pay for his sins.