White to Play

Pete Tamburro on

Published in Chess Puzzles

The great attacking grandmaster, Paul Keres, in his youth played a good many correspondence games where he used gambits. Here, his opponent didn’t pay attention to development and tried to get material. Bad idea!

The game started: 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Be3 dxe4 4.Nd2 f5 5.f3 exf3 6.Ngxf3 Nf6 7.Bd3 c5 8.0–0 cxd4 9.Nxd4 f4 10.Rxf4 e5 11.Bb5+ [He could have also gone this route:11.Rxf6 gxf6 12.Qh5+ Ke7 13.Rf1 exd4 14.Rxf6 Kd7 15.Qd5+ Kc7 16.Bf4+ Bd6 17.Bxd6+ Kd7 18.Bxb8+ Ke8 19.Qf7#]11...Kf7 12.Qh5+ g6 13.Bc4+ Kg7 (See diagram) 14.Qh6+ Kxh6 15.Rh4+ Kg7 16.Bh6#


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