Monday, February 04, 2013

Shelby Lyman Chess: Again:

If you follow the anonymous "Chess" newspaper column that, I believe, is prepared by Shelby Lyman, you may have been puzzled by his diagram of the game Aronian/Anand from the current Steel Tata tournament. The "Chess" column's diagram leaves you wondering why black didn't simply fork king and knight by playing 23. ... Nf2ch.

There is a white rook at f1 (missing in Lyman's diagram), that's why. Anand's actual move is stupendous. 23. ... Bd3 prevents white's queen from protecting h3. Black threatens Qxh3ch, and there's nothing to be done about it.

At this web page, you can play through the game and see the correct finish. The whole game is amazing, in fact. See Kavalek's analysis here, where you can also play through the game step by step, with Kavalek's comments.

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