Chess Checks

Knights pose problems aplenty

What makes it more difficult is that one also has to anticipate the opponent’s move as even overlooking a single move which blocks the knight’s progress can lead to quick deterioration in position.The game which follows is a delight to watch if for the four knights which try to weave their way through then board. One can literally term this game as the one with four dancing knights.

White: Nenad Fercec (2464) – Urs Krstic (2386)
Pula , 2000
1.c4 g6 2.Nc3 Bg7 3.d4 d6 4.e4 Nf6 5.Bd3 c5 If 5...0–0 6.Nge2 c5 7.d5 e6 8.h3 exd5 9.exd5
6.d5 e6 7.h3 exd5 8.exd5 0–0 9.Nge2 Nfd7
Black is aiming to play Ne5 If 9...Ne8 Nbd7
This is a premature move . White should have developed at the centre . If  10...Re8 (10...Ne5 11.Bc2 Qh4 12.Qd2.Re8 13.Kf1.Na6 14.a3 Bd7 15.Qg5 Qxg5 16.Bxg5)11.Bd2
Immediately trying to provoke some weaknesses. If 10...Re8 11.g4 Bxc3+ 12.bxc3 Qh4+ 13.Kf1 b5 14.Kg2 Nb6 15.Ng3 bxc4 16.Be4 Bb7 17.a4 N8d7 18.a5 Rxe4
11.g3 Qe7
If 11...Bxc3+ 12.Kf2 (12.bxc3 Qe7 13.Kf2 f5 14.Re1 Nf6
12.0–0 If 12.Qc2 Na6 13.a3 Nc7 14.Bd2 b5 This is the best way to go for  counterplay.  
12...Re8 13.Kh2 f5 Black has to close the position. 14.Bd2 If 14.Rf3 Qf6 14...Na6 15.a3 Nc7 15...Nf6 leads to equality  
16.Qc2 If 16.b4 cxb4 17.axb4 b5 18.cxb5 Nb6  
16...Nf6 17.Rae1 If 17.Rfe1 Qf8
17...Qf8 The game has a positional character with slow manoeuvres for both sides. The position is closed enough, so it is not easy to find a clear-cut plan for the advance.  
18.Ng1 Aiming to post the knight on f4
18...Bd7 19.Nd1 Once again resorting to slow manoeuvring but his is real slow. If 19.Nf3 Kh8 leads to an unclear position  
19...b5Black is now forcing play on queen side
20.b3 a5 This is more or less a forced move for White
21.Rxe8 Bxe8 22.a4
This move creates a weakening of White’s position
22...bxa4 23.bxa4 Nd7 24.Nc3
If 24.Bc3 Na6 … ¤b4 25.Bxa5 Nb4 26.Bxb4 cxb4

Diagram 1

24...Na6 25.Nb5 Nb4 Looks like a game of dancing knights with all four knights being active on the board
If 26.Bxb4 cxb4 26...Rc8 27.Nf3 27Nb6 Black wants to eliminate the strong knight on b5 and it is not easy to decide how to take back.
28.Ng5 Bxb5 29.axb5 If
29.Ne6 intermediate move is answered by another intermediate move 29...Bxa4
29...Qf6Black has a strong pressure on the long diagonal.
30.Be2 If 30.Ne6 a4 31.Qb1 Qb2 32.Qxb2 Bxb2
30...a4 31.Qe3If
31.Qb1 a3 31...Nc2 32.Qd3
If 32.Qe6+ Qxe6 33.Nxe6 Bb2
32...Nd4 33.Ba5 Re8 34.Bd1  White really does not have much choice now
34...Ra8 35.Bxb6 a3 36.Ba7
This loses outright. If 36.Ne6 a2 And if 36.Be2 a2 37.Qe3 a1Q 38.Rxa1 Rxa1
36...Rxa7 37.b6 a2 38.Ba4
If 38.bxa7 a1Q 38...Rxa4 39.b7 Rb4 40.Qa3 Nf3+ and White resigned for if 40...Nf3+ 41.Nxf3 Qb2+ 42.Qxb2 Rxb2+ 43.Kg1 Rxb7

Diagram 2

White to play and win1.Nxf7+ Rxf7  2.Nxg6+ hxg6  3.Rxf7 and White wins.

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