Question from Ugly Christmas Sweater Newsletter

I got a question/comment about this position in my latest “broadcast” email, which you can read here:

about this position with Black to Move:

ChesscafeHere is the answer I gave in the newsletter:


Here is the complete game:

[Event “Keres Mem Open”]
[Site “Tallinn EST”]
[Date “2001.07.27”]
[EventDate “2001.07.25”]
[Round “4”]
[Result “0-1″]
[White “Juhani Pitkanen”]
[Black “Marko Keskel”]
[ECO “E11″]
[WhiteElo “?”]
[BlackElo “2067”]
[PlyCount “22”]

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 Bb4+ 4. Bd2 c5 5. Nc3 O-O 6. g3 cxd4 7. Nxd4 Nc6 8. Nxc6 bxc6 9. Bg2 d5 10. Ne4 Nxe4 11. Bxb4 Qb6 0-1

You can play through this game here:

11…Qb6 is a nice double attack on the loose bishop on b4, and threatens mate on f2.  White cannot meet both threats, and will lose a piece.


Frank writes:

12. Bxe4. The better tactic is 11. … Nxf2 winning the pawn or the Exchange.
My response:
yeah 12. Bxe4 is the best response by White, the problem is Black plays

12…Qxb4+ Check!

13.Qd2 Qxd2+ 14.Kxd2 dxe4 and is up a piece

11…Nxf2 does win a pawn, but 11…Qb6 wins a whole piece.

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