Good King Hunting

CM juniortay
Dec 18, 2014, 9:02 AM |

One of the biggest thrills in chess is getting the chance to conduct a king hunt successfully (unless you happen to be the party getting hunted down, of course). The most famous example (and rightly so) is the Kasparov-Topalov, Wijk Ann Zee 1999 game. If you haven't seen it yet (surely that can't be the case, can it?), this chap has even collated 250 annotated examples of that superb game on his site for downloading.

However, in the recently concluded Qatar Masters, the German GM Arkady Naiditsch incredibly came up with the concept of a 'self-inflicted' king hunt and allowed his opponent to chase his monarch up and down the board.

My chess buddies have been egging me to post the following brilliancy by CM Mark Tan Keng Yew. Not only is the king hunt a classy one, his opening comments are also quite a mouthful.

Here it goes (Mark Tan's comments)...

Beyond the limits of calculated risks

Chess involves a fine balancing act of weighing up many considerations such as one's personal style of play, the match situation and psychology of the opponent's style. In many cases, there is no such thing as the strongest move in a tournament game. At such moments, a flash of inspiration is called for, to do something different beyond the limits of calculated risks.

Here, the sacrifice I made in this game may not appeal to purists. However, playing it is ideed a lot of fun!


On occasion, the king hunt proceeds well but the finishing blow falls short, like in the following game.


 So, have you figured out how to wrap up the king hunt after Black's 32nd move? The answer is right at the bottom.