Last night, I met up with fellow chess blogger, Ivan of Getting to 2000.
He has graciously put up a photo of us as well as his report on the Sydney Chess scene. It was great getting to play a few blitz games with him before we headed off to the North Sydney chess club.
My brother-in-law, Steven, won a great game against his opponent last night. Yours truly blundered yet again (if I continue to blunder again, I might be tempted to rename this blog Blunderprone but I think the name has been taken) :)
In the final critical position,Steven produced this move below (he is White). White played the move
Now.... the golden question is:
Is it possible for Black to play
and then calculating after 2. Rc5 3. Bxb5 3. Rxb5 Rxc7 with chances to fight for a draw.
Once you have evaluated it, highlight between the brackets to see the answer.
[The answer is no but that's what his opponent thought.
Steven's opponent did play
2. Rc5 3. Bxb5
Now comes the shocker
and now the c7 pawn is protected, Black's bishop is under attack and even worse, White's Knight is threatening Ne7+ forking King and Rook and there is no way to salvage the Rook now after
4. Rxb5 with idea of 5. Rb8 next
A truly beautiful trap.
If you see that move, well done!]