27 SEPTEMBER 1969, Page 31

Chess 458


H. W. Bettmann (Good Companions, 1921). White to play and mate in two moves; solution next week.

Solution to no. 457 (Issler): Kt-B3, threat

Q-Q5. 1 P-K5; 2 Kt-K2 (set R-Q2). 1 ... Q-K5; 2 Kt x P (set B-R7). 1 ... K-Q6; 2 R-Q2.

. K-B4; 2 B-R7. The two set mates are changed and transferred to act as mates against the two king flights conceded by the key.

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1 P-QB4 Kt-KB3 2 Kt-QB3 P-KKt3 3 P-KKt3 B-Kt2 4 B-Kt2 P-Q3

5 Kt-B3 0-0 6 P-Q4 QKt-Q2 7 0-0 P-K4 8 P-KR3 . ..

I don't care for this line and prefer the old- fashioned P-K4. Point of the text is to be able to play B-K3 without the reply Kt-Kt5 being possible, but it is a slow and artificial system.

8 ... P-B3 9 B-K3 Kt-R4! A vigorous counter stroke—the threat of P-KB4--B5 is already unpleasant.

10 PxP PxP 11 Q-Q6? ... /don't know what is right, but this isn't. Perhaps 11 Kt-K4 with the idea of Kt-B5 or Q6 is playable. The text attempts to build up pressure on the Q file but is completely refuted with fatal loss of time for White.

11 ... P-KB4! 12 QR-Q1 Q-K1 13 B-B1/3 Kt-R2 might be . . .

better—if P-B5, White would then have Kt4 and K4 for his knights and if P-K5 could play B-Q4 —but Black has a clear advantage anyway.

13 . . . P-K5 14 Kt-Q4 Kt-K4 15 P-Kt3 . • . Necessary, but now White has a new weakness on the long diagonal.

15 . . . P-K6! 16 B x KP Kt-B2 17 Q.135 KtxP! 18 KR-K1 ...

/8 px Kt, Q x Bch is at least equally bad.

18 . . . Kt-R4 19 Q-Kt4? . .. After this, the game is quite lost. 19 Kt-R4 is a better chance, keeping the queen in play and removing the knight from the latent attack on it by the bishop. 19 ... P-B5 20 B-QB1 Kt-Kt4! This powerful move would hare been unplayable with the WQ on B5. 21 P-KR4 Kt-R6ch 22 K-Bl ... 22 Bx Kt, Bx B; 23 Q x P, Bx Kt; 24 R x Kt, Q-K3; 25 P-B3, Q-B3 followed by 26 . . . Q x RP will also win for Black. Now a dazzling finish. 22 ... Q-K4 Threatening P-B4

23 Kt-R4 P-B6!!

24 Kt x KBP • 24 PxP, Q-R7; 25 Bx Kt (25 Kt-K2, R P!), Kt-Kt6ch!; 26 Px Kt, Bx B mate.

24. . . Q-Kt6! 25 B-K3 B-K(5! Not 25 . . . Q-R7; 26 Q x Rch! and 27 Kt x Q. Now Q-R7 is threatened.

26 Q-Q6 B-K4! 27 Q-Q3 ... 27 Kt': B, Q x PA!: 28 Bx Q, Kt-Kt6 mate.

27 Q-R7! 28 Resigns ..

Black threatens 28 . . . Q-Kr8ch; 29 Al Q, Kt-Kt6 mate.