Sunday, August 31, 2008

Missed Chance

In the recently completed "Youth vs Experience Tournament" the following position was reached in a game between Ivan Cheparinov and Ljubomir Ljubojevic:

A kibitzer at one of my favorite chess web sites pointed out that here, Ljubojevic, playing Black, missed playing 58 .. e4! If White then plays 59. fxe4 then 59. ... Ne5+ 60. Kc3 Nxd3 Kxd3 with material advantage for Black. If, after 58. .. e4!, White plays say some rook move, then Black can play 59. ... exf3 winning a pawn.

The actual game ended in a draw, and had a somewhat absurd ending from what I understand: the players repeated the position from move 68 to 84.

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