CHESS

The Jerusalem Post - The Jerusalem Post Magazine - - GAMES - By Leonard Bar­den

Teimour Rad­jabov v An­toaneta Ste­fanova, Cap d’Agde 2006. Ev­ery chess­player with a sense of cre­ative or artis­tic plea­sure dreams of be­ing able to sac­ri­fice sev­eral pieces for check­mate. Alas, few of us ever get the op­por­tu­nity to do it, al­though you can max­imise your chances by aim­ing for fast piece devel­op­ment on an open board. The 19-year-old Az­eri Rad­jabov achieved the dream in to­day’s puz­zle and went on to win the Cap d’Agde tour­na­ment in style, col­lect­ing e16,000 at the fin­ish. Can you work out the main line of White’s win­ning idea? White sac­ri­fices three of his pieces. Two sac­ri­fices are ac­cepted, the third de­clined. Then White’s re­main­ing army, spear­headed by the f3 queen and the f1 rook, forces check­mate. Christ­mas greet­ings to all chess­play­ing read­ers.

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