I was just looking at a game between David Anton Guijarro and Jonathan Hawkins from the 4NCL in 2017.
The Hawk has been in a bit of trouble, but has clawed his way out to reach this position:
Here he moves 23…Ne3
White replies with 24.Bxe3 and the game continues, but he missed a really interesting shot.
24.Rxf4 Nxd1 25.Rxf8+ Rxf8 26.Bd4
You can see that the Black knight appears to be a goner.
26…Qh3 27.a3 Qf1 28.Qxf1 Rxf1 29.Kc2
And now Black has nothing better to do that play 29…Nxb2 30.Kxb2 Rf7
Here Black would suffer and be ground down.
In this position:
Black can “save” the knight with 29…Nf2, but now the knight interferes with the rook making it back and White’s pawns are even deadlier after 30.Nxa7 Ne4 31.c6 Rf7 32.b4
There’s no way to stop White from just rolling down the board.
Here is the entire game:
Til Next Time,
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