Queening has no advantage if opponent is in total control

Chess Checks

Queening has no advantage if opponent is in total control


However in certain cases even if the queen or rook invade the seventh rank, there is little that they can do if the opponent has everything under control.

In the game which follows Black infiltrates onto the seventh rank with both his queen and rook but is hardly able to make any impact as White makes good use of his advantageous position to score a win.

White: Valery Chekhov(2500) – Black: Robert Kempinski(2455)
Lubniewice , 1995
King’s Indian Defence
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.Be2 0–0 6.Nf3 e5 7.0–0 Na6 8.Be3 Ng4 9.Bg5 Qe8 10.dxe5 dxe5 11.Nd2 Nf6
If 11...f5 12.exf5 gxf5
13.Bxg4 fxg4 14.Nde4 gives advantage to White
12.Nd5 Qe6
If 12...Qd8 13.f4 Nxd5 14.Bxd8 Ne3 15.Qc1 Nxf1 16.Bh4 Nxd2 17.Qxd2 and White stands better
 13.b4
White now decides to work on the queen side.
He has played a new move here. The game goes along equal lines after 13.Bxf6 Bxf6 14.c5 Bd8 15.Bc4 Qe8 16.Bxa6 bxa6 17.Qc2 c6
 13...c6
Wanting to dislodge White’s Knight at the centre
 14.Bxf6
If 14.b5 cxd5 15.cxd5 Nxd5!
16.exd5 Qf5
  14...Bxf6 15.b5
Pushing on the queen side
 15. ..cxd5 16.cxd5 Qe7 17.bxa6 bxa6
White is in a good position
 18.Qa4 Bg5 19.Nc4
If 19.Nb3 Qd6
 19...Rb8
Immediately coming onto the open file
 20.Rab1
White would also like to contest for the file
 20. ..Rxb1 21.Rxb1 f5 22.d6
A strong advance!
22. ..Qe6
If 22...Qe8 23.Qxe8 Rxe8 24.Rb8 Kf7 25.Nxe5+ Rxe5 26.Rxc8 Rxe4 27.Bc4+ Kg7 28.Rc7+
23.Rd1 Bd7
Attempting to block the furthur advance of the pawn.
If 23...Rd8 24.Nb6 Kh8 25.Nxc8 Rxc8 26.d7 Rd8 27.exf5 gxf5 28.Qxa6
24.Qxa6 fxe4 25.Qxa7 Qf5 26.Rf1! Be6 27.a4 Bxc4
If 27...Kh8 28.Ne3 Qf6 29.a5
28.Bxc4+ Kh8 29.d7
Things are becoming difficult for Black
29. ..Qf4 30.g3 Qf6
If 30...Qf3 31.Qc5 31.Qc5 h5 32.a5 Bd2
White’s passed pawns are too much for Black to handle now.
If 32...h4 33.a6 h3 34.a7 Qf3 35.Qxf8+ Qxf8 36.Bd5
33.a6 Bc3 34.Bf7
If 34.Qe3 Bd4 35.Qh6 checkmate
34...Qxf7
If 34...Rxf7 35.Qc8+ Rf8 36.Qxc3
35.Qxc3 Qxd7 36.Qxe5+ Kh7 37.Qxe4 Rf7 38.Ra1 Qd2 39.Qe3 If 39.Qe1 Qd4 40.Ra2 h4 41.Qa1 Qa7 42.Qe5
39...Qb2 40.Ra3
If 40.Ra5 Qb4 41.Ra3
Diagram 1
40...Rxf2
Both Black’s queen and rook have infiltrated the seventh rank but he can only hope that White makes some mistake
41.Rb3
If 41.Qxf2 Qxa3
41. ..Rg2+ 42.Kf1 Rf2+ 43.Ke1 Re2+ 44.Qxe2 Qxb3 45.Qe7+ Kh6 46.a7
Advancing at every opportunity
46. ..Qc3+ 47.Kf2 Qc2+ 48.Kf3 Qd1+ 49.Qe2 Qd5+
If 49...Qh1+ 50.Ke3
50.Qe4 Qd1+ 51.Kf2 Qd2+ 52.Qe2 Qd8
Black’s only hope is to keep the queens on board and try to keep checking the White King. If 52...Qd4+ 53.Qe3+
53.Qe3+ Kh7 54.Ke2 Qc8 55.Qe7+ Kh6 56.Kd2 Qa8 57.Qc5
If 57.Qe3+ Kh7 58.Qc5
57...Qg2+ 58.Kc3 Qf3+ 59.Kb4 Qe4+ 60.Ka5 Qe1+ 61.Kb6
The King has advanced all the way into the enemy territory
61. ..Qe6+ 62.Kc7 Qf7+ 63.Kd8 Qg864.Ke7 Qa8
If 64...Qg7+ 65.Ke8 Qg8+ 66.Qf8+
65.Qc1+ Kg7 66.Qc7 Qd5
If 66...Kh6 67.Qf4+ Kg7 68.Qf7+ Kh6 69.Qf8+
67.h4 Qa8 68.Kd6+ Kh6 69.Qb8  and Black resigned.
Diagram 2
White to play and win
New game
1.Bc4 dxe3 If 1...Qxc4 2.Qxh6+ Kxh6 3.Rh3 checkmate
2.Bxf7 Rxf7 3.Rxe3  and White should win this one.

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