Monday, January 6, 2014

Poisoned Pieces

A game between Kniazer (White) and Winz, from Persitz's book, The Way to Victory in Chess (or perhaps 'The Way to Chess Victory' -- Ha'Derech Le'Nizachon Be'Sachmat), pp. 25-26.

Kniazer,Yisrael Yosef - Winz,Victor
Tel Aviv - Haifa Match, 1938
Annotator: Raafi Persitz

White threatens Qh4 and Nxb1. But... 

24.Rxa4! Both rooks are "poisoned". 24...a5 

24...Nxb1 25.Rxa7; 
24...bxa4 25.Rxb8 Qxb8 26.Qg8+; 
24...Qh4 25.Qg8+ 

25.Qg8+! Ke7 26.Qxd8+ 

26.Qg5+? Kd7 27.Qxd2 bxa4 28.Rxb8 Qxb8= 

26...Kxd8 27.Rb2 

The rest is a matter of tecnhique. 

27...Ne4 28.Rxa5 Nxc3 29.Ra3! Ne2 30.c3 b4 31.cxb4 Nxd4 32.b5 Nb3 [32...Nxb5? 33.Ra5] 33.Ra7 Ke8 34.h6 Kf8 35.Kh3 Kg8 36.Kh4 Rxb5 37.f4 Nd4 38.Rg2+ Kh8 39.Ra8+ Kh7 40.Kh5 Nf5 41.Rgg8 and Black resigned (1-0) due to the forced continuation 41...Nxh6 42.Rh8+ Kg7 43.Rxh6, etc.  

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