White to move. Do you prefer White or Black? What is the best plan for White? This is a good game to play out from this point.

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Hartston, William – Portisch, Lajos (Nice, 1974), presented by Andreas

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The players produced a pretty finish, but was the OTB continuation actually best play by both sides?

I would do 1.Bxc4 dxc4 2.Bxh6 and if 2…gxh6 3.Qxh6 with the threat of Ng5, and if 3…Bb7 then 4.Ng5 Nf8 5.Re4! winning.

Kamalakanta

I am not that sure. But rather than eliminating the kings bishop by Bxc4, white should keep it for attack and directly go for 1.Bxh6.

if 1…gxh6,

2.Qxh6 threatening 3.Ng5 seems almost winning for white. I didnt analys it much, any comments??

I would do 1.Bxc4 dxc4 2.Bxh6 and if 2…gxh6 3.Qxh6 with the threat of Ng5, and if 3…Bb7 then 4.Ng5 Nf8 5.Re4! winning.Okay, I’ll bite — how does White win after 5…Bxe4?

I would do 1.Bxc4 dxc4 2.Bxh6 and if 2…gxh6 3.Qxh6How about 2… Bb7 ?

I would play 1.Bxg6 fxg6 2.Qxg6. This may not be the stronger move, but white should be better.

I would play 1.Bxg6 fxg6 2.Qxg6. This may not be the stronger move, but white should be better.That does look scary, but what can White do after 2…Qe7 3.Bg5 Ncxe5?

That does look scary, but what can White do after 2…Qe7 3.Bg5 Ncxe5?Feh 🙁 Of course that was supposed to be 3.

Ng5.Here is how the game continued :

http://www.chessgames.com/perl/chessgame?gid=1113662

How can you create a link for the url given above?

How can you create a link for the url given above?Like this.

I can’t show you directly, because things get too metaphysical too fast. But see if this makes sense.

Type in this line:

[a href=”http://www.chessgames.com/perl/chessgame?gid=1113662″]Like this[/a]… except that wherever you see a “[” type a “<“, and wherever you see a “]” type a “>”.

Another way to see how it’s done is to use your browser to open any web page with a link on it (this one will do fine). Now type Alt, View, Page Source (Ctrl-U shortcut in Firefox). Look around for the text snippet “a href=” and study what’s going on. When you’re done, close the source page window with Ctrl-W.

would do 1.Bxc4 dxc4 2.Bxh6 and if 2…gxh6 3.Qxh6 with the threat of Ng5, and if 3…Bb7 then 4.Ng5 Nf8 5.Re4! winning.

Okay, I’ll bite — how does White win after 5…Bxe4?

Friday, September 19, 2008 5:35:00 AM CDT

You are right! 5.Re3 should be enough!

Sorry! I am doing his without a board.

Kamalakanta

”1.Bxc4 dxc4 2.Bxh6 and if 2…gxh6 3.Qxh6 with the threat of Ng5, and if 3…Bb7 then 4.Ng5 Nf8 5.Re3! winning.”

The problem is that after:

1.Bxc4 dxc4

2.Bxh6 black can play

2…Bb7 and is fine.

The best move seems to be :

1.Bxh6!!

Anonymous Anonymous said…

”1.Bxc4 dxc4 2.Bxh6 and if 2…gxh6 3.Qxh6 with the threat of Ng5, and if 3…Bb7 then 4.Ng5 Nf8 5.Re3! winning.”

The problem is that after:

1.Bxc4 dxc4

2.Bxh6 black can play

2…Bb7 and is fine.

The best move seems to be :

1.Bxh6!!

Hi! We may transpose, though, after 1.Bxc4 dxc4 2.Bxh6 Bb7 3.Ng5! threatening 4.Bxg7 Kxg7 5.Qh7+ Kf8 6.Nxe6+ winning the Black Queen. if 3…Rac8 then 4. Re3 with the threat of Rg3

Kamalakanta

Hi! We may transpose, though, after 1.Bxc4 dxc4 2.Bxh6 Bb7 3.Ng5! threatening 4.Bxg7 Kxg7 5.Qh7+ Kf8 6.Nxe6+ winning the Black Queen. if 3…Rac8 then 4. Re3 with the threat of Rg3What else doesn’t work for Black is 3…gxh6(?) 4.Qxh6 Nf8 5.Re3.

But how does White proceed after 1.Bxc4 dxc4 2.Bxh6 Bb7 3.Ng5 Bd5?

Hi! We may transpose, though, after 1.Bxc4 dxc4 2.Bxh6 Bb7 3.Ng5! threatening 4.Bxg7 Kxg7 5.Qh7+ Kf8 6.Nxe6+ winning the Black Queen. if 3…Rac8 then 4. Re3 with the threat of Rg3

What else doesn’t work for Black is 3…gxh6(?) 4.Qxh6 Nf8 5.Re3.

“But how does White proceed after 1.Bxc4 dxc4 2.Bxh6 Bb7 3.Ng5 Bd5?”

Hi! Black has parried the threat to his Queen, but all of White’s pieces can take part in the attack on the King, while Black’s rook at a8 can only support the a-pawn, and the bishop at d5 block’s Black’s rook from penetrating at d2. So maybe…

1.Bxc4 dxc4 2.Bxh6 Bb7 3.Ng5 Bd5 4.Re3 Nxe5 5. Rh3 g6 6.Qh4 Qe7 7.Bf8!

Kamalakanta

To Kalamakanta :

In your line :

1.Bxc4 dxc4 2.Bxh6 Bb7 3.Ng5 Bd5 4.Re3 Nxe5 5. Rh3 g6 6.Qh4 Qe7 7.Bf8!

better is 7.Bg7

However your line is not sound because after 5.Rh3 black can play,

5.Ng6 and black is more than ok. [Not 5.g6?]

Pharaoh

To Kalamakanta :

In your line :

1.Bxc4 dxc4 2.Bxh6 Bb7 3.Ng5 Bd5 4.Re3 Nxe5 5. Rh3 g6 6.Qh4 Qe7 7.Bf8!

better is 7.Bg7

However your line is not sound because after 5.Rh3 black can play,

5.Ng6 and black is more than ok. [Not 5.g6?]

Pharaoh

Hi, Pharaoh! I agree with you. after Ng6 Black is OK…the position is fertile with possibilities…right now I am looking at a “fantasy” line…

1.Bxc4 dxc4 2.Bxh6 Bb7 3.Ng5 Bd5 4.Re3 Nxe5 5.f4!? Ng6 (if 5…g6 6.Qh4 Nd7 7.f5!) 6.Bxg7 Kxg7 7.Qh7+ Kf6 (Kf8) 8. Ra6! Rd7 9.f5 Rh8 10.Nxe6 Rxh7 11. Nxc7+ Kxf5 and Black should win. Oh well! I enjoyed the pieces hitting each other and flying around. This is what makes chess fun for me! Have you found anything better for White?

Kamalakanta

1.Bxc4 dxc4 2.Bxh6 Bb7 3.Ng5 Bd5 4.Re3 Nxe5 5.f4!? Ng6

(if 5…g6 6.Qh4 Nd7 7.f5!)

”Here 7.Bg7 forces mate, Not 7.f5?”

6.Bxg7 Kxg7 7.Qh7+ Kf6 (Kf8) 8. Ra6!

”Here,7.Qh7 Kf8 not 8.Ra6? Qxf4 -+

But 8.Rxe6! +-

However black can play 7…Kf6 8.Ra6 Rd7 -+”

Rd7 9.f5 Rh8 10.Nxe6 Rxh7 11. Nxc7+ Kxf5 and Black should win.

Pharaoh

To Kamalakanta :

The move 1.Bxc4 doesn’t seem to win.

The winning move seems to be 1.Bxh6!!

Pharaoh