Backing for queen vital during attack

Backing for queen vital during attack

Attacking positions are always relished by beginners and most of them love to have their queen infiltrating into the enemy territory and target their opponent’s King with checks. However without the backing of other pieces, the attack is only illusionary and once they run out of checks, it is difficult to salvage the position.

In the game which follows, White throws all caution to the winds and starts attacking the Black King right from the word go. Black calmly repulses the attack and once his King is out of checks, launches a checkmating attack on the White King.

White: Amador Rodriguez (2495) – Black: Georgy Timoshenko (2560)
Ubeda, 1998
Sicilian Defence
1.e4 c5
The Sicilian Defence
2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 Nc6 6.Ndb5 d6 7.Bf4 e5 8.Bg5 a6 9.Na3 b5 10.Bxf6 gxf6
Going along well explore lines
11.Nd5 f5
Black can also look at  11.Bg7
12.Bd3 Be6 13.Qh5
White’s queen is on her way onto Black’s Kingside
13. ..Rg8 14.c3
White could have castled here
14. ..Rxg2 15.Qf3 Rg4 16.exf5 Bxd5 17.Qxd5 Ne7 18.Qb7
The White queen has travelled a lot so far and is now roaming on the seventh rank
If 18. ..Qc8 19.Qxc8+ Nxc8  20.Nc2 Nb6. And if 18...Qb8 19.Nxb5 Qxb7 20.Nxd6+ Kd7 21.Nxb7 Nc6 22.b4 Kc7 23.Nc5 Bxc5 24.bxc5 e4
The pawn is also advancing merrily! If 19.Nc2 Kf8 20.Ne3 Bxe3 21.fxe3 Ng8 22.f6! Nxf6 23.Rf1 Rb8 (23...Kg7 24.Bf5 Rc4 25.Be6 Rc7 26.Qg2+ Kh8 27.Rxf6 fxe6 28.0–0–0! Rg7 29.Qf3) 24.Qf3 e4 25.Qxf6 Qxf6 26.Rxf6 exd3 27.0–0–0
Though the game appears interesting and exciting, the players so far had been playing previously played moves and only now does Black make a new move. Interestingly one of the previous games was really exciting after 19...Ng6 20.Rd1 Nh4 21.Be2 Rg6 22.Qc6+ Kf8 23.Rxd6 Qe8 24.Qxe8+ Kxe8 25.Bd3 Rg4 26.Rxa6 Rd8 27.Ke2 Ng2 28.Bxb5+ Kf8 29.Rd1 e4 30.Rxd8 checkmate

After this move, it is White who is enjoying advantage. If 20.Qc6+ Kf8  21. Rf4 and if [20.Rd1 Nxf6 21.Be2 Re4 22.Rxd6 Qxd6 23.Qxa8+ Ke7is not satisfactory for White, as he face a serious threat after 24...Qd2+
20...Rb8 21.Qc6+
At a cursory glance it appears that White is in the driver’s seat  with his pieces deep in enemy territory but it is Black who is in the driver’s seat
21. .. Kf8
The King ahs not castled but he does not face any problems
22.Rd1 Qxf6 23.Kf1
White doesn't have the time to win the pawn d6, since it loses the piece. If [23.Rxd6 Rxe4+
Black has a decisive advantage as he has an extra pawn and a strong attack on the White king.
24.Nc2 Ne7 25.Qc7 Ng6 26.Bb7 e4 27.Re1 Qf3 28.Qxd8+
Even though it is appearing that White is dominating with his attack, it is only illusionary
28. ..Kg7
Black King is out of checks and danger now.
29.Nd4 Qh3+ and White resigned as he was facing checkmating threat after  30.Ke2  Qd3 checkmate.

White to play and checkmate in two moves.
1.Qd3+ f5  2.Qxf5 checkmate.
White can also checkmate with
1.Rh8+ Kxh8  2.Qxh6 checkmate.