Poker with Chess Pieces II. Showdown in Puerto Rico

Apr 10, 2011, 5:31 PM |

In this wild affair, Curt Brasket a prominent master from Minnesota, and later a multiple Lone Pine contestant, played a dubious sacrifice with 12.Bxh7+.  I'm guessing he failed to see Bisguier's light squared Bishop covering h7 from d3.

Eight moves later, Bisguier lacked the courage to walk his King to safety at f7, and instead bailed out into a pieces for Queen ending where he was on the short side.  In other words, Brasket's bluff worked!

Brasket's kingside pressure eventually became overwhelming, and the game ended with a spectacular mating combination.

At any rate, it all goes to show that a game isn't over until it's over.  If there are pieces on the board, and the clocks are ticking, there are sometimes opportunities for second or even third chances.