h6?

There is a temptation in games that start 1e4  e5 and with white bringing a bishop to c4 to prevent white playing Ng5 to attack the f7 square by playing h6.  This is usually wrong.  It is preferable to get the king’s side pieces out and castle.  If white wants to waste time swapping his developed bishop and knight for rook and pawn, that should be fine by black.

Here is a drastic example of what can go wrong played recently by myself.  After move 8 black has a lost position and even after the better 8 ….  c5 white is doing well with 9 Nd7  Ke7;  10 Qc5  Kd7;  11 Qb5 when black has his king in the middle in advance of his whole army.  5 …. Qe7 would have made the best of a bad job.


Ian McAllan

Interesting Game

Play chess online!

Come across this position which I though was quite interesting.

It’s white to play and win. The reason I find it interesting is that white played what I would have considered a fair move and lost not because of the move but perhaps because he missed a great chance of winning. These ratings are just below the GM level they are both good players.

The situation is white to play and win.
Read from move 26 Qe4.

1. Qe4 (1. Qh4 {Played move and went on to lose.}) 1… g6 2. Rxh7 Re6 {best
move but black cannot hold out for too much longer.} (2… Kxh7 {White quickly
mates.} 3. Qh4+ Kg8 4. Rh1 Kg7 {Or any other move.} 5. Qh7#) 3. Bxe6 Kxh7 4.
Qh4+ {Interesting Rh1 is not quite so good Black can hold on for a bit longer.}
(4. Rh1+ Kg7 5. Qh4 {In this case Black can escape.} Qxe5 6. Qh7+ Kf6) 4… Kg8
5. Rh1 fxe6 (5… Qxe5 6. Qh7#) 6. Qh8+ Kf7 7. Rf1+ Ke8 8. Qxf8+ *

Keith Thompson