Saturday, April 14, 2012

When is a Fork - Not a Fork?

An LCCC Member Wins at the ICC.

The Internet Chess Club (ICC). This is where the pros meet and play.

Thanks anyway, but I lose just fine on the non-membership sites.

Jason Morris sat down with White at the ICC against a player rated 150 points higher and got the win!

White: Mycroft (Jason)
Black: Zolocotroco
Opening: English Opening

1. c4 e5
2. Nc3 Nf6
3. g3 d5
4. cxd5 Nxd5
5. Bg2 Nb6
6. Nf3 Nc6
7. O-O Be7
8. d3 O-O
9. a3 Be6
10. b4 Nd4
11. Nxe5 Bf6
12. f4 Nb3


Jason allows the lose of the exchange to grab the long black diagonal.

13. Bb2 Nxa1
14. Qxa1 Bxe5
15. fxe5 c6
16. Ne4 Bd5
17. e6 f6
18. Nxf6

Now White opens the f-file and his diagonal, while dismantling Black’s pawns in front of his king.

18. ….. gxf6
19. Bxf6 Qe8
20. e7! Rf7

Passed pawns must be pushed! They grow in power with each step.

21. e4 Be6
22. Qc1 Rxf6
23. Rxf6 Qxe7

Black returns material to try and stay alive, but it is too late for that.

24. Qg5+ Kh8

I think 24. …..Qg7 at least gives Black a chance in a bad end game. Now White gets back on that diagonal.

25. Qe5 Nd7???
26. Rf8++

Nice win Jason!

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