Colorado Springs Independent Column #2

You can read the column here (PDF).

This is an interesting position, because the material is unbalanced, and white has a lot of “candidate moves” to consider.

The only move that works here is 35. Rh1 which threatens mate with 36. Rxh6#  Black is going to have to give up major material to stop the mate.  

Black has a material advantage, so white cannot afford a series of trades, like 2 rooks for the queen.

White has to be careful because the black queen is attacking the rook on g1, and there are potential knight forks as well For example,  35. Rg6 looks like it threatens mate, but walks into 35…Nf4+ 35. Rh4 looks like it threatens mate, but loses to 35…Qxg1.

From the game Daniel Herman – Victor Creazzi, Winter Springs Open, Colorado Springs, December, 2011

[Event “2011 Winter Springs Open”]
[Site “Colorado Springs, CO”]
[Date “2011.12.03”]
[Round “1”]
[White “Herman, Daniel”]
[Black “Creazzi, Victor”]
[Result “0-1″]
[ECO “B23″]
[WhiteElo “1149”]
[BlackElo “1330”]
[PlyCount “82”]

1. e4 c5 2. Nc3 Nc6 3. f4 d6 4. Nf3 Nf6 5. Bb5 a6 6. Bxc6+ bxc6 7. d3 e6 8. O-O
Be7 9. Qe1 O-O 10. Ng5 h6 11. Nf3 Bd7 12. Qg3 Nh7 13. h4 f5 14. e5 d5 15. h5
Rf7 16. Rf2 Nf8 17. Qh3 Kh7 18. g4 fxg4 19. Qxg4 g6 20. Rg2 Rg7 21. Bd2 Be8 22.
Be1 Bf7 23. Bh4 Nd7 24. Kf2 Bxh4+ 25. Nxh4 Qb6 26. hxg6+ Bxg6 27. Na4 Qa7 28.
Rag1 c4+ 29. Ke2 Bxd3+ 30. cxd3 Rxg4 31. Rxg4 cxd3+ 32. Kxd3 Nf8 33. f5 exf5
34. Nxf5 Ne6 35. Rg6 Nf4+ 36. Kc3 Nxg6 37. e6 Qxg1 38. e7 Nxe7 39. Nxe7 Qg7+
40. Kb4 Qxe7+ 41. Ka5 h5 0-1

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