Black to Play

Pete Tamburro on

Published in Chess Puzzles

That Black is in serious trouble on h8 is quite obvious, yet an English amateur, W.H. Sparkes of Sheffield, England, a hundred years ago managed to save the game. How?

The key to the defense, or counterattack, is that the White queen is doing double duty in attacking and defending. It’s hard to do both. 1...Qh5 2.Qg3 Qxh3 3.gxh3 Rxe1+ 4.Qxe1 Bf2 5.Qxf2 e1=Q+ 6.Qxe1 Rxe1+ and wins as follows 6.Kg2 (or 6.Qxe1 Rxe1+ 7.Kg2 Re2+ and the rook vacuums up the queenside pawns) 6...Re2 and wins.


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