Monday, October 16, 2017

Ruy Lopez Leads to Checkmate

The Ruy Lopez employs strategy basics on tactics. Ray Haines shows that active open play leads to surprising opportunities. If this was an American football game, one might say that White flushes the Black king out of the pocket and tackled him for mate.

After White's eleventh move, Black has tried a couple other options. One try was from William Lombardy, a contemporary of Bobby Fischer. Lombardy was a grandmaster who became a priest. I am a chess player who spent 26 years in the clergy, so we had that in common. We were Facebook friends, but I never met Bill personally. R.I.P. Lombardy.

rrhaines33 (1494) - herbert22 (1445), Live Chess Chess.com, 14.10.2017 begins 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nge7 4.0-0 g6 5.d4 [5.c3] 5...exd4 6.Nxd4 Bg7 7.Be3 0-0 8.Nc3 d6 [8...d5! 9.exd5 Nb4!=] 9.Qd2 Nxd4 10.Bxd4 Bxd4 11.Qxd4
11...c6 [11...a6 12.Be2 b5 13.Rad1 Rb8 14.a3 b4 15.axb4 Nc6 16.Qd2 Nxb4 17.f4+/= and 1-0 in 41. Diez del Corral,J-Lombardy,W/Orense 1975; 11...Be6 12.Rad1 a6 13.Be2 Nc6 14.Qd2 f6 15.f4+/= and 1-0 in 56. Larsen,K-Sabuk,P/Fano ITA 2017] 12.Bc4 d5?! [12...Be6 13.Rad1+/=] 13.exd5 cxd5 14.Bxd5 [14.Nxd5 Nxd5 15.Bxd5 Be6 16.c4+/-] 14...Nxd5 [14...Be6 15.Rad1+/=] 15.Nxd5 Be6 16.Nf6+ Kg7? [16...Kh8 17.Qe5 Qb8 18.Qg5 Kg7 19.Nh5+ Kg8 20.Rfe1+/-] 17.Ne8+ Kh6 18.Qg7+ Kg5 [Or 18...Kh5 19.Qxh7+ Kg4 20.Qh3+ Kf4 21.Qe3+ Kf5 22.g4+ Kxg4 23.Ng7 Qh4 24.f3+ Kh3 25.f4+ Kg4 26.Qf3#] 19.f4+ Kg4
20.Nf6+ Kf5 21.g4# 1-0

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