Tactical Blind Spots? (Learning from a Bxh7+ sac that should have gone wrong.)
I recently accepted a random challenge here on Chess.com from someone 400 points lower rated. Analysis shows that I should have lost this game against good defense, but instead I mated my valiant opponent in 15 moves. The point of showing this game is not to show off but to consider some interesting questions about practical chess decisions. Here's the game:
- How could I have looked at every legal reply to Ng5+, and totally missed ...Kh6? I had 2 days per move, for Pete's sake.
- If you had seen ...Kh6 before Bxh7+, would you still play it?
- If you had seen ...Kh6, and correctly evaluated that White might be busted, would you still play it hoping to come out on top in a complicated position where Black's king is stranded on a forward square?
- Most importantly: Is the prospect of winning a nice attack worth losing due to an unsound sacrifice?