Sunday, March 11, 2012

Attacking the Exposed King

In a game of speed chess, I took advantage of my opponent's exposed king to force an early resignation. My opponent was Jackvandal of the USA who played black. Here are the moves of the game along with my commentary:

1. e4 c5
2. d4 cxd
3. c3 Nc6
4. cxd d5
5. e5 f6

It is now difficult for black to develop the king knight.

6. Nf3 fxe
7. Nxe5 Nxe5
8. dxe5 d4
9. Nd2 Bf5
10. Nf3 Qa5+
11. Bd2 Qb6
12. b3 e6

The black bishop prevents Rb1.

13. Bc4 Bb4
14. 0-0 Bxd2
15. Qxd2 0-0-0

Black chooses to castle queenside but with the open c-file this is risky.

16. a4 h6
17. a5 Qc5
18. Rfc1 Qe7

The black king is very exposed.

19. a6 b6

Black pushes the b-pawn because bxa exposes the king even more.

20. Bxe6+ Kb8

Black's move is forced.

21. Bxf5 d3

I win a piece.

22. Rc3 g5

Black tries to generate counterplay.

23. Rac1

Black resigns. He realizes that he cannot defend c8. With his knight paralyzed on g8, he cannot connect his rooks. Rather than continue in this position, he decides to end the game. The exposed black king and the undeveloped black knight on the back rank lead to black's downfall.

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