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Brendan O'Gorman
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Find the Move

Post by Brendan O'Gorman » Tue Jan 23, 2018 10:41 am

A friend suggested I share this position from a game I played last Sunday. It's White to play. Can you do better than I did and find the only move that draws?

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Re: Find the Move

Post by Barry Sandercock » Tue Jan 23, 2018 11:20 am

How about Nf2 ?

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Re: Find the Move

Post by Paul McKeown » Tue Jan 23, 2018 11:46 am

Took me five minutes or perhaps ten. Process of elimination really. Danger pawn is the b-pawn, need the knight, Kxe4 fails to ...c3. Only square the knight can intercept the b-pawn without getting hit by the c-pawn is c3. Access to c3 is via e4. Therefore...

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Re: Find the Move

Post by Brendan O'Gorman » Tue Jan 23, 2018 2:55 pm

Yes, Nd3-f2-e4+-c3 it is. I have difficulty finding moves that take a piece away from the area of the board where the problem lies - in this case the problem is on the queenside so I instinctively rule out moving a piece to the kingside. I wonder whether I should try to apply one of Jeremy Silman's tips which is to fantasise about where you'd like your pieces to be ('if only my knight were on c3') and then see whether the fantasy is possible.

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Re: Find the Move

Post by Simon Brown » Tue Jan 23, 2018 3:12 pm

Curious starting position. Just wondering what Black played instead of c or exd3 last move or a few moves ago.

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Re: Find the Move

Post by Kevin O'Rourke » Tue Jan 23, 2018 3:20 pm

Simon Brown wrote:
Tue Jan 23, 2018 3:12 pm
Curious starting position. Just wondering what Black played instead of c or exd3 last move or a few moves ago.
Was thinking the same. How is the Knight still alive? :?:

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Re: Find the Move

Post by Christopher Kreuzer » Tue Jan 23, 2018 3:25 pm

Presumably Black captured a major piece (worth more than the knight) on c4 or e4, capturing with a pawn that came from d5 or f5, maybe even from b5 though that seems less likely. Might even have been a capture by White with check using a knight to capture what was on c4 or e4. You still have to go back a few more moves to find when the knight first got threatened by the other pawn (and why it didn't move away sooner after being threatened). Maybe Brendan will post the whole game (or at least the moves up to that point)?

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Re: Find the Move

Post by Angus French » Tue Jan 23, 2018 3:35 pm

Brendan O'Gorman wrote:
Tue Jan 23, 2018 2:55 pm
Yes, Nd3-f2-e4+-c3 it is. I have difficulty finding moves that take a piece away from the area of the board where the problem lies - in this case the problem is on the queenside so I instinctively rule out moving a piece to the kingside. I wonder whether I should try to apply one of Jeremy Silman's tips which is to fantasise about where you'd like your pieces to be ('if only my knight were on c3') and then see whether the fantasy is possible.
Also, knights like circuits.
For example:

When 1. Ng4+ and keeping the knight on the g4-e3-f1-h2 circuit draws.

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Re: Find the Move

Post by Brendan O'Gorman » Tue Jan 23, 2018 3:44 pm



Black, running short of time, had just played 61…e4? allowing 62.Bxc4 bxc4 and arriving at my missed chance to draw.

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