White to Play

Pete Tamburro on

Published in Chess Puzzles

The Anti-Max Lange Attack (5…Nxe4 instead of 5…Bc5)leads to active piece play, and this game goes that way for a while. Then, a whole bunch of aimless pawn moves erupt around the board, and that is never good in an open position. It went this way: 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Nf6 4. d4 exd4 5. O-O Nxe4 6. Re1 d5 7. Bxd5 Qxd5 8.Nc3 Qf5 9. Nxe4 Be6 10. Nxd4 Nxd4 11. Qxd4 h6? 12. b3 a6?? 13. Bb2 a5??? 14. Rad1 f6???? (See Diagram)Now,Pollack, in a game played in Buffalo in 1893 finished it with a mating attack.

15. Qd7+ Bxd7 16. Nd6+ Kd8 17. Nf7+ Kc8 18. Re8+ Bxe8 19. Rd8#


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