At this second critical position, when black has to protect the hanging knight on d5, there are only two possible continuations: A.8…Ndb4 ; B.8…Nce7
A.) 8… Ndb4
Black not only defends Nd5 but also intends to capture the pawn on c2 with the check!
So…. It looks like white has to forget about the d5 knight and to care for the pawn c2?
Many would go for the obvious 9. Qe4 and after the forced 9…c6 10. a3 Na6 we reach a position, where black somehow succeeded in avoiding an immediate disaster.
I would say even more: If you start checking this position with the assistance of a computer program you might even come up with the premise that you are not sure if white has sufficient compensation for the piece. Has white gone wrong?
Look at the next important attacking principle:
‘Although you must be careful before starting an attack, once you have started you must go on as hard and fast as you can. This is even more important if you realize you shouldn’t have started the attack quite yet – if you try to back out you will only make matters worse.’
So…White has to play energetically!
When I was 11 years old, this position happened in one of my games. I was about 1700-1800 rated.
My thoughts were – OK… his King is so naked – let’s send the knight b4 to a1 and my attack could flow easily to the next level.
So I made the decision to sacrifice a whole rook!
9. a3! Nc2+ 10. Kd1 Na1
This is the position I was dreaming about. Now white could eliminate the Nd5 and to exploit the ugly position of the King for a brutal attack.
However white has to play carefully.Of course many of us would think about taking the knight with the check, though I don’t see anything special after 11.Bd5 Kd7 and black is threatening Qf6! trading Queens.
There’s no clear way to take advantage of the precarious position of the King even after 12.Qg4 Kd6! 13. Qb4 c5! And white has to fight for a draw. That’s why
Is a much more imposing move. White eliminates the knight keeping the discovered check as an option.As we know from Dr Tarrasch “The threat is stronger than the execution”. Black needs to move his King out of the e6 square and is obligated to set out on a lengthy journey.
11…Kd6 doesn’t seem to be any better: 12.d4!
White simply advances his Queen pawn as a result black’s position in the center becomes totally compromised.
12… c6 Black is trying to take away the knight from d5. 13. de Ke6 Is the only way . Now it looks like white has spoiled everything. The knight is pinned and black’s King got a very good cover – the white pawn e5!
But white comes with the brilliant strike. 14. Ke2! Simply completing his development!
14…cd 15. Rd1! And there are no defenses against the final mating attack.
Black has an ocean of moves, but it’s pretty hard to solve his problems.
Giving me the pleasure of executing my main threat. Let’s consider the best defense: 12…Bd6 Black defends the pawn e5, but the storm comes from another side 13. Bb5+! c6 14.Qf7+ Be7 There are no other pieces to cover the 7th rank. 15.Qf5+! The nasty Queen discovers a way of removing of the e5 pawn with check! 15…Kd6 16.Qe5+ Kd7 17.Ne7 We could smell a finish very soon. 17…cb 18. Re3!
And black hopeless against the upcoming Rd3 + .
Black’s King has only one option, since 13…Ke8 is losing at once after 14.Qe5+
13…Kd6 14. Qe5 + Kc5
or 14…Kd7 15. Qe6 mate – by the way this way my game ended!
15. Nc7 Kb6
Black has no other escapes except the Queen desperate move 15…Qd5
16. Na8 mate !
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