Positioning of pieces decides fate of a game

Chess Checks

 However there are certain situations when odd looking piece positioning virtually become forced.

The ensuing game is an example where the Black queen goes wandering onto the King side and is actually placed on the King-rook square. This definitely is a very rare queen placement in chess and it indicates the fate of the queen as it is virtually rendered powerless. And once the most powerful piece on board is not able to exert influence, then a loss is inevitable.

White: Alexander Fominyh(2515) – Black: Leonid Yurtaev(2505)
Vladivostok , 1995
King’s Indian Defence
1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 g6 3.c4 Bg7 4.g3
White also fianchettoes on the King side
4. ..0–0 5.Bg2 d6 6.0–0 Nbd7 7.Qc2 e5 8.Rd1 Re8 9.e4 c6 10.Nc3 Qe7 11.Be3
Interesting move! If  11.h3 exd4 12.Nxd4 Nc5 And if 11.d5; 11.b3
11...exd4 If 11...Ng4 12.Bg5 f6 (12...Bf6 13.Bxf6 Ngxf6 14.h3) 13.Bc1
12.Nxd4 h5 Black played a new move here. If 12...Ng4 13.Bf4 Nge5 14.b3 Nc5 15.h3 Ne6 16.Nxe6 fxe6  17.Qd2 Nf7 18.Be3 e5 19.Rac1 Be6 20.Ne2
13.Bg5 Qf8 A rather strange retreat! Difficult to understand why Black opted to place the queen on this square
14.h3 Nh7 15.Bf4 Ne5 16.b3
A good move!
16. ..h4 A bold advance into enemy territory. If 16...g5 17.Be3 g4 18.h4 And if 16...Bf6 17.Qd2 Qg7 18.Rac1
17.g4 Bf6 18.Qd2 Qg7
This is yet another strange move by the queen. If 18...Qe7  19.Be3
19.Rac1 a6
If 19...g5 20.Be3 Bd7 21.Nf5 Bxf5 22.exf5 Be7 23.Ne4
20.Bh6 A good move which indicates the lousy positioning of Black’s queen. If 20.Nde2 Be6 21.Be3 f4 And if 21...g5 22.Qxd6 Rad8 23.Qc7 Nd3 24.Qxb7 gives advantage to White
20...Qh8 Here black does not have any choice and one hardly ever encounters this position in chess games. If 20...Qxh6 21.Qxh6 Bg5 22.Qxg5 Nxg5 23.f4 c5 24.Nde2 which is better for White

Diagram 1Diagram 1
Note the position of the queen.
21.g5 Bd8  If 21...Bg7 22.Bxg7 Qxg7 23.f4 c5 (23...Nd7 24.Nf3) 24.Nde2 Bxh3 25.Qxd6 Bxg2 26.Kxg2 Nc6 27.Qxc5
22.f4 White has started on piling pressure 22. ..Nd7 23.Nf3
Another good move
23...Bb6+  Maybe Black can take a look at 23...Ba5
24.Kh1 Nhf6 25.Nxh4 Nc5 26.Qxd6 Ne6
If 26...Ncxe4 27.Nxe4 Nxe4 28.Bxe4 Rxe4 29.Qf8+ Kh7 30.Qxf7+
27.f5 If 27.Qe5 Nh5 28.Qxh8+ Kxh8 29.f5 27...Bc7 28.fxe6
White decides to sacrifice the Queen.
28. ..Bxd6 29.exf7+ Kxf7 30.Rxd6 Nh5
If 30...Nd7 31.Rf1+ (31.Nxg6 Qh7 32.e5) 31...Ke7 32.Nxg6+ Kxd6 33.Nxh8 Rxh8 34.e5+ Nxe5 35.Ne4+ Ke6 36.Bf8
31.Nxg6 Qh7 32.Nf8 Qh8
If 32...Qg8 33.Rf1+ Ke7 34.e5 Ng3+ 35.Kg1 Nxf1 36.Ng6+ Qxg6 (36...Kf7 37.Rf6 checkmate) 37.Rxg6
33.Rf1+ Ke7
If 33...Kg8 34.Rg6+
34.Rd3 If 34.Ng6+ Kxd6 35.Rd1+ Kc7 36.Nxh8 Rxh8 37.Ne2
34...Bf5 If 34...Qg8 35.g6 Rxf8 36.Bxf8+ Ke8 37.Bc5 35.exf5 Rxf8 36.f6+ Ke6
If 36...Kf7 37.Rd7+ Ke6 38.Re7+ Kd6 39.Ne4 Checkmate
37.Re1+ Kf7 38.Re7+ Kg8
If 38...Kg6 39.Be4 checkmate
39.Bg7 Qh7
If 39...Nxg7 40.Rxg7+ Qxg7 41.fxg7
40.Be4 Ng3+ 41.Rxg3 Qh4 42.Kg2 Rfd8 43.Bf3 Rd2+ 44.Ne2 Rxa2 45.Re4 Rxe2+ and Black resigned.

Diagram 2Diagram 2
Black to move and win
1.. Rc4+ 2.Kb3 Rxc5 3.Rg3 Kf4 and Black wins

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