White to Play

Pete Tamburro on

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This is a fairly common position in the c3 Sicilian. Black should have played 15…Kh8 instead of 15…Kh7 and he was duly punished. How?

David Howell mopped up with A. Bitalzadeh at Wijk aan Zee III in 2009 with: 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 e6 3. c3 Nf6 4. e5 Nd5 5. d4 cxd4 6. cxd4 d6 7. Bc4 Nc6 8. O-O Be7 9. exd6 Qxd6 10. Nc3 Nxc3 11. bxc3 O-O 12. Re1 b6 13. Ng5 h6 14. Ne4 Qc7 15. Qg4 Kh7 SEE DIAGRAM 16. Bxh6 Kxh6 (16... gxh6 17. Nf6+ Bxf6 18. Bd3+ Kh8 19. Qe4) 17.Qh3+ Kg6 18. g4 Black Resigned as mate or heavy material loss follows.

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