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4 | | | #P | | | | | | |---------------------------------------| 3 | | | ^P | | | | | ^P | |---------------------------------------| 2 | ^P | ^P | | | ^R | | ^P | | |---------------------------------------| 1 | | | | | | | ^K | | --------------------------------------- A B C D E F G H

Diag. 113

This disposes of the winning of the Queen by the threatened mate. But it creates a weakness at Black's Kt3, which White exploits in grand style. He decides to play the King himself to Kt6, threatening mate at Kt7. In spite of several raids by the Black Queen, this quaint device is crowned with success. The weakness created by P-KR3 could not be demonstrated more drastically.

28. K-R2 P-QKt4 29. K-Kt3 P-QR4 30. K-R4 P-Kt3

If White were to play PxP now, Black would mate him one move earlier (Q-Kt4). Of course he parries the threat first, and Black is helpless.

31. R-K3 QxKtP 32. R-Kt3 Q-B7

After P-Kt4ch White could not play 33. K-Kt4 on account of the pretty mate by B-B6. He would play K-R5-Kt6.

33. PxP Q-B5ch 34. R-Kt4 Q-B7ch 35. K-R5 Resigns.

A most instructive game, showing how the superior position of the pieces can lead indirectly to a win, by reducing the opponent's pieces gradually to impotence and compelling him to move pawns, thereby affording opportunities for a decisive entry.

GAME No. 11

White: Schlechter. Black: Janowski.

Ruy Lopez (compare p. 40).

1. P-K4 P-K4 2. Kt-KB3 Kt-QB3 3. B-Kt5 Kt-B3 4. Castles KtxP

A continuation, which has lately gained in favour, is: P-Q3 and B-K2 (see p. 39).

5. P-Q4 B-K2

It is clearly very dangerous to gratify White's wish for an open file by playing PxP. The move may be playable in the system of defence called the "Riga variation" (see Game No. 17). Here it would be advantageous to be able to close the KB's diagonal. It is better when intending to play the "Riga variation" to have played P-QR3 on the third move.

6. Q-K2 Kt-Q3 7. BxKt KtPxB 8. PxP Kt-Kt2 9. Kt-B3 Castles 10. R-K1 R-K1

The manoeuvre cited on p. 40, namely Kt-B4-K3, which makes P-Q4 possible, is essential for the development of the QB. Black loses the present game because White is able to keep the Bishop shut in permanently

11. Q-B4 Kt-B4

so that the pawn B3 should not be "hanging" when the QP moves.

12. Kt-KKt5! BxKt 13. BxB QxB 14. QxKt R-K3

--------------------------------------- 8 | #R | | #B | | | | #K | | |---------------------------------------| 7 | #P | | #P | #P | | #P | #P | #P | |---------------------------------------| 6 | | | #P | |#R | | | | |---------------------------------------| 5 | | | ^Q | | ^P | | #Q | | |---------------------------------------| 4 | | | | | | | | | |---------------------------------------| 3 | | | ^Kt| | | | | | |---------------------------------------| 2 | ^P | ^P | ^P | | | ^P | ^P | ^P | |---------------------------------------| 1 | ^R | | | | ^R | | ^K | | --------------------------------------- A B C D E F G H

Diag. 114

After the exchanges the position is clearly in favour of White. Against an undeveloped B, which also hampers a Rook, his Knight is mobile. The Black Queen's side pawns are weak, and give White winning chances even if Black succeeds in playing P-Q4 and bringing the Bishop into play. The move in the text, which covers the pawn at B3, again prepares for P-Q4.

15. Q-Q4 B-Kt2

The only chance lay in the pawn sacrifice by P-QB4, after which the Bishop gets to Kt2 with a threat of mate, and the QR is free.

16. Q-QKt4 B-B1 17. Kt-K4

Fine play. If Black captures the pawn, White obtains a combined attack with Q, R, and Kt, to which Black can only oppose the Q, so that the result cannot be in doubt--e.g. 17. ... QxKP; 18. Kt- B5, Q-Q3; 19. Q-QB4, RxRch; 20. RxR, P-KR3; 21. R-K8ch, K-R2; 22. Q-K4ch, P-Kt3 (Q-Kt3?; 23. QxQ, followed by KtxP); 23. Kt-Q3 and R-K7.

17. ... Q-K2 18. Kt-B5 R-Kt3 19. R-K3 P-QR4 20. Q-Q4 R-Kt1 21. P-QB4

preventing R-Kt4

21. ... P-R3 22. P-QKt3 K-R2 23. R-Q1 Q-Kt4 24. R-Kt3 Q-B4 25. RxR PxR

Black has built a wall of pawns round his King, but it does not avail against the superior forces which White can concentrate.

White's plan is clear. He will advance his pawns, and break up those that surround the Black King, always taking care that Black does not free his Queen's side meanwhile. His pieces will then break in easily, and Black is forced to look on passively.

26. P-KR3 R-R1 27. P-QR4

to prevent the sacrifice of a pawn by P-R5, which would bring the Black Rook into play.

27. ... R-Kt1 28. R-Q3 Q-Kt4 29. K-R2 Q-K2 30. P-B4 Q-B2 31. P-K6!!

--------------------------------------- 8 | | #R | #B | | | | | | |---------------------------------------| 7 | | | #P | #P | | #Q | #P | #K | |---------------------------------------| 6 | | | #P | | ^P | | #P | #P | |---------------------------------------| 5 | #P | | ^Kt| | | | | | |---------------------------------------| 4 | ^P | | ^P | ^Q | | ^P | | | |---------------------------------------| 3 | | ^P | | ^R | | | | ^P | |---------------------------------------| 2 | | | | | | | ^P | ^K | |---------------------------------------| 1 | | | | | | | | | --------------------------------------- A B C D E F G H

Diag. 115

A beautiful move which robs Black of his last chance of freeing his Queen's side, which he might have accomplished by the pawn sacrifice of P-Q3.

31. ... PxP 32. Q-K5 Q-K2 33. P-KKt4 R-Kt5 34. K-Kt3 R-Kt3 35. P-R4 Q-B1 36. P-R5 PxP 37. QxRP R-Kt1 38. Q-K5 R-Kt3 39. P-Kt5 P-R4 40. P-Kt6ch

The end is near. Black must take, as QxRP forces a speedy


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