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Knight-Mares

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Written by Administrator   
Friday, 12 July 2013

By GM Kevin Spraggett
Kevin's blog (parental advisory)

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Watch out! Here come the knight-mares!

FM RIBEIRO,Fernando

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GM  SMIRIN,Ilyia


From a game played in the Canarias in 1997. Black has not played the opening very well and has allowed Smirin to place his Knights aggressively on the Kingside.  Both Knights bear down on the f7-square, and in conjunction with the Queen on e2 (eyeing e6), it is not surprising that an explosive tactic exists:
 

14.Nexf7!


Well calculated!  After the natural  14Rxf7 15.Qxe6! ( Not nearly as convincing is  15.Nxf7?!  Kxf7 16.Qxe6+ Kf8 17.Bc4 Qe8! and the worse is over or Black. ) 15Qe8 ( 15Bd5?! 16.Nxf7 Bxe6 17.Nxd8 )  16.Nxf7 Qxf7 17.Qxe7  and White has a decisive material advantage.  Black tries to avoid this but he can not for long

14Qe8!? 15.Qxe6!

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Now Black has nothing better than to take the Knight on f7, transposing into the previous note.  INSTEAD, probably desperate, the Portuguese international tries to confuse his grandmaster opponent, but only succeeds in making things worse:
 

15Bb4?!

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WHITE TO PLAY AND FORCE MATE!

16.Bxh7+!!

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1-0!

After  the forced 16Nxh7  there follows 17.Nh6+! Kh8 18.Qg8+!! Rxg8 19.Ngf7+ Qxf7 20.Nxf7#

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A beautiful mate!

http://www.pogonina.com/images//smirin01.jpg


Grandmaster Ilyia Smirin is one of the Europes top grandmasters and has a very aggressive style of play that makes him a favourite of the spectators whenever he plays.  Curiously,  Smirin is particularly dangerous with his Knights and has won quite a few games with them.  Witness his game against Seirawan from the Barcelona International in 2011 (where I also participated and saw  the game played right beside me):
 

GM  SEIRAWAN,Yasser

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GM SMIRIN


LOOK AT THOSE KNIGHTS PLAY!

Other posts by GM Kevin Spraggett:
6-time Portuguese Chess Champion Rui Damaso's Chess Brilliancies
Ode to the Kings's Gambit
Good news for old chess players
Lothar Schmid
Chess un-plugged!
Deceptively simple chess
Erich Eliskases
Robert Byrne



Comments (1)
1. Written by O_O on 10:10 12 2013 .
 
 
b-e-a-u- tiful! :roll
 

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