101 Attacking Ideas in Chess: Aggressive Concepts from a by Joe Gallagher

By Joe Gallagher

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Short finds a delightful solution: 31 �h2! 1lc8 (Black needs both his queen and bishop on the long diagonal; on 3 l .. tc8, 32 g4! 'ifxa4 is refuted more simply by 32 lLlg5) 32 �g3! tc8 34 �gS! (32b) 1-0. �h7 but then 35 'ii'xg6+ �h8 36 'ifh6+ �g8 37 �f6 ! mates. Use of the king before the ending is gen­ erally less extreme. In blocked positions it may waddle across the board to safer pas­ tures but even this is less common than flee­ ing for its life with the enemy in hot pursuit (see Ideas 38 and 39).

Rl;f8 . 37c: after Black's 30th move 54 JOJ A ITACKJNG IDEAS IN CHESS Idea 38 The Greatest King-Hunt Ever? - w 38a: after Black's 23rd move 38b: after 29 l:la7 (38a) Kasparov-Topalov, Wijk aan Zee 1999. There have been some legendary king-hunts in the history of chess but few could stand comparison with this game. We pick up the story after Black's 23rd move: 24 l:lxd4!! cxd4? (sporting; 24 . �b6! e7+!! 'iii>b6 (Black must advance; taking the second rook leads to mate after 25 .. 'ihe7 26 'it'xd4+ 'iii>b8 27 'it'b6+ followed by lLlc6+, and retreating with 25 ...

Xf4 (36a) 9 'ii'xf4! 'ii'xb2 10 lDe2! 'ii'xa1 1 1 lDec3 'ii'b 2?! (now White develops a strong attack; it could have been prevented by l l .. d6 but then 1 2 'ii'd2 cuts off the queen's escape route; theory is yet to decide on who has the advantage after 1 2... l:lg8) 12 d6! •. lDe5 15 'ii'f6! xg6 hxg6 22 lDbc3! (slamming the door on the queen once again) 1-0. 36b: after 1 3 ... i. b7 (36b) Hodgson-Stohl, Isle of Man 1 995. c8-b7 - no prizes for guessing White's next: 14 axb4! 'ii'xa1 15 lDge2 'ii'a6 16 lDd4 d6 17 'ii'f4 'ilfb6 and now Hodgson, remain­ ing true to his style, opted for the unclear 18 lDf5 aS 19 lDxg7, whereas 18 lDdxb5 lDxd5 19 'ii'xd6+ 'ii'xd6 20 lDxd6 lDxc3 21 bxc3 is virtually winning.

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