White to Play

Pete Tamburro on

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Today’s position is a good lesson in why you shouldn’t, as Black, allow your castled pawns to be broken up. Peper-Pearce, Correspondence, 1944: 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Nf6 4. d3 Bc5 5. Bg5 O-O 6. Nc3 d6 7. Nd5 Kh8 8. Bxf6 gxf6 9. Qd2 f5?? (Allowing your castled position to get broken up, but to give White the weak dark squares is suicidal. Black's only chance to fight was to play Rg8 and use the opened file) 10. Qh6 f6 11. Nh4 Rf7 See Diagram

The game continues: 12. Ng6+ Kg8 13. Nxf6+ Qxf6 14. Qf8#


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