Play Like Pleci, Part 2

GM Bryan Smith 30 Nov 22, 2010 4637 reads
Hi again, today we are going to see the finish of the "miniature" game between Isaias Pleci and Lucius Endzelins. Here was the position where we left off last week:

Last week, Pleci served up a generous helping of chess pieces for dinner: a bishop and a knight! But Endzelins sent them back to the chef, and asked for a rook instead!

White's problem is that 12.Be8+ leads nowhere after 12...Kf8. White can then give a discovered check by moving the bishop (like 13.Bg6+) but then Black would just gobble up the rook!

Instead Pleci found a way to get rid of the pesky bishop on e7 by serving up two courses of knight a la mode!


I guess those knights were a little too hot to eat in this game! Tongue out The unusual thing about this mini-game is that the queens were traded as early as move seven, but even without the most powerful piece White still managed to create an attack on the king.