Recently on the Corner I mentioned this position from the game J.Mollison - M.Lunn
I was watching these two go over their game in the analysis room and
when this position arose I thumped out 19.Rf7 and had to demonstrate
that White mates in all variations. Adding "I know these things."
The Queen and Bishop work really well together in these positions
where you chase the King up the Kingside towards your King & pawns.
It's always mate.
Anyway. Heinzcat has had me looking for a game and I found an
old notebook amongst my tattered BCM's and thumbing through it I found this.
It has the Q&B mate and it also has loads of other tactical ideas and
instructive moments. it's also an entertaining game.
(I've not found your game Heinz - still looking).
This position is quite instructive to the budding attacking player.
I have just played 10. Bf7-C4
The 'natural' 10.Bb3 looks to be better. Sureley 10.Bc4 encourages 10...Nb6.
The defending player wants swaps off pieces.
Yes. That's what I want.
I want him to swap pieces!
Same position - fresh eyes.
Rightly or wrongly I've sacced a piece to keep his King in the centre.
My in play
pieces must out-number his in play
this to have any chance of succeeding.
I do not fear exchanges if he is taking off a defender for an attacker
if I can replace the attacker and he cannot replace the defender.
If he should play Nb6 and Nxc4 I have the d-file for a Rook.
In effect I have removed a defender and added an attacker. Gedditt?
As the game goes on you will see my attackers out-number
the defenders and When my Rooks join in all it's over.
(I of course sac both Rooks - his never move).
This is a postion from late in the game.
You can see the attacking strategy of out-numbering pieces in play
Also, as you will see in the game. I want to sac my b-pawn for an
open file trick, another reason why the Bishop went to c4.
This was the trick.
If he should play 12...QxR I have Ba6+ winning the Queen.
He gets a fair bag for the Queen but I have all the chances.
Exposed King, he's down on development....
Later this position arose. Black to play.
I want to play Rd8+ Bxd8 and Qf7 mate but the Black Queen
holds f7 so I am now trying to get her off f7.
My loose Rook chases the Queen.
if 24...Qg8 then 25.Rxa7. What fun i'm having.
Then this cute idea arose. Tactically holding the back rank.
Black to play.
26...Qa1 is NOT mate 27.Re1 Check
wins the Queen.
Remember that idea, you will get chances to use it.
So Black played 26...Kg8 then the Queen & Bishop mating patterns
which started off this thread appeared.
I did not have to calculate them. You know it's a mate.
It was a 'friendly' played about 20 years ago.
I played the Bishop's most likely to avoid the Petroff.
I'm 99% sure the player was Peter Vanjello now living in London.
As an attacker do not fear exchanges. Make the swap happen
on a square that is favourable to you. Get something from the exchange.
Think along these lines.
He has not removed an attacker - he has removed a defender,
Your Rooks are usually the last to enter the fray so always
think about opening files. Bc4, b4 and f4 were all made for the Rooks.
Then your usual tactical tricks come into play.
defelction, pinning and winning, discovered checks...etc.
Finally a confidence in mating patterns.
It saves you working things out and calculating.
Once you start thinking about these things you can go astray.
If the variation is long - then you can go wrong.
Is the original sac sound? OTB it looks OK. My opponent helped.
Sac a piece and then calmy castle. I got that from Morphy.
Now you are getting it from me. (pass it on).