We pause just a moment whilst I win a £5.00 bet...
...see I told you I still had Short-Kasparov poster on my wall. Pay up.
I know in the past I have tackled this tricky subject before but after recently
overhearing a conversation in the greengrocers I thought we’d go over it again.
Some say there is no luck in chess. Others say there is and these discussions often
end up more flamed than Darwin v The Christians.(and that one is still going on.).
But just yesterday as I was standing in the queue I heard Mrs Scroggins tell
Dave our greengrocer that Josef Klinger was lucky when he mated Igor Glek
in the Werfen Open in 1990. This started off a minor argument resulting in Mrs
Scroggins throwing her bananas at Mrs Trupp who lives at the end of the street.
Here is the game in question.
J. Klinger - J. Glek, Werfen Open 1990
We now look at what the 'unlucky' Black player should played.
I'll run with this as a Red Hot Pawn theme of the week, a capture on f8 followed by
a Bishop check. You get to decide if the winner was lucky or was the loser unlucky.
Eshez - ciolo RHP 2011
Maite - DigitGus RHP 2003
Similar to the one above but with a different build up.
regaliz - mcmahon RHP 2013
We end this week's theme with a Black win.
cham55 - okfalls RHP 2014
('Night' by Veronica Kasatkina )
Strange Things That Happen in Red Hot Pawns Games
BlackBuck - socialist1917 RHP 2006
White to play move 26.
What do you think happened on this board on move 35?
Next we see Black two pieces down in this position.
It does not look good does it? So Black attacks White with his King and Rook.
The Pillager - OMuniz860 RHP 2011
How about this one. Black brings the Queen far too early aiming at f2 for a quick checkmate.
Out pop the White Knights to hound and harass the Queen and at one time White could have
taken the Black Queen. Instead both the a8 and h8 Rooks get taken by the marauding Knights.
Black was only too glad to see those Knights out of the way and duly checkmated White on f2.
montagueX - Silverstriker RHP 2011
We have all seen a Double Rook Sacrifice. You will not see another like this one.
White takes his wandering Knights back home.
The thread accompanying this blog is Thread 165522