Richard and me played an amusing game a few years back.
There was a simple Rook winning trick on the board. We both missed it.
We played over the game in the comfort of the canteen and again we both missed it.
A right couple of clowns.
It was discovered by Richard one year later.
He rarely plays a dull game and unfortunately his 4th round loss in this
years British Chess Championship will make a few chess columns.
(I'll be using it. Sorry mate but stuck for an idea to kick off my next column.)
R. Birkett - A. Kalaiyalahan, British Champs 2016 (Rd4) White to play.
28.Rb7 Qxb7 29.Qh7+ Kf6
And now to his horror Richard saw...
...that if the intended 30.Qxb7 Rb8 and White has to give the Queen to avoid the back rank mate.
White tried for a perpetual with 30. Qxh6+ Kf7 31. Qh5+ Kg8 then resigned. 0-1.
If we go back to the critical position.
White can indeed take the Queen but missed it to due to the 'mirage effect.'
A piece already on a square fails to be visualised back on the original square.
30.Qxb7 Rb8 White can play 31.Qh7
The Mirage Effect has been plucked out of the air (it's pretty lame).
Need a new Chess term to cover that situation. I know the problem world will have a name for it.