"The Punching Bag" Strikes Back

"The Punching Bag" Strikes Back

WDHubbard
WDHubbard
Oct 8, 2014, 4:53 PM |
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The following diagram is the aftermath of a stunning Checkmate I received at the hands of a good friend, Abel M. 
 
Abel and I have played against each other over for 3 years during our work breaks.  He was a novice player and he lost so often that we very unkindly nicknamed him, "The Punching Bag". 
 
But Mr. Abel turned the tables around in dramatic fashion with a lethal combination that won his first ever game against me. 
 
I was leading in material but found myself in an awkward position with a Queen and Rook on the same file as my King.  Realizing this threat, I reacted slowly with Rfe8.
 
Can you find the Knockout Blow?
 
 
And it was all over but the weeping.  (Which I did).
 
But I had to hand it to him for coming up with that finish.
 
Even if I had defended better (maybe Kf8 instead of Bxg7), my position was badly damaged.
 
To drive the point home, Abel beat me in the following game too. 
 
Lesson learned: never underestimate your opponent.
 
Thankfully, there are always people like Abel to keep me (quite literally) in Check.