So I was just playing a game of #chess and then this happened! 49

Inspired by the Tarrasch vs Romberg game I previously posted, my own game against a student in Foster City, California is one of my best efforts in recent times. After a long time thinking about how best to respond to 10… Ba6, I am proud to have planned a most effective and epic journey for my Queen’s Knight. Enjoy…

[Event “Training Game”]

[Site “Foster City”]

[Date “2023.01.09”]

[White “Chris Torres”]

[Black “Student”]

[Result “1-0”]

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.d4 exd4 5.Ng5 Nh6 6.Qh5 O-O 7.O-O d6 8.h3 Ne5

9.Bb3 b6 10.Nd2 Ba6 11.f4 Bxf1 12.Nxf1 Nc6 13.Nh2 Qd7 14.Ng4 Rae8 15.Nxh6+ gxh6

16.Qxh6 (black resigns)

1-0 *

Published by chessmusings

Chris Torres is a nationally renowned scholastic chess coach working in the San Francisco Bay Area. His classes have attracted players of strengths ranging from rank beginners to world champions. A chess professional since 1998, Chris is widely recognized as one of the main driving forces behind the explosion in popularity and sudden rise in quality of scholastic chess in California. Chris Torres served as the President of the Torres Chess and Music Academy from 2005-2020 and currently is recognized as a correspondence chess master with the United States Chess Federation. Since 1998 Chris Torres has taught 6 individual national champions as well as led multiple school teams to win national championship titles. In addition, Chris Torres has directed and taught at 10 different schools which have been California State Champions at chess. In 2011 and 2012, several former and current students of Chris Torres have been selected to represent the United States at the World Youth Chess Championships. Mr. Torres’ hobbies include playing classical guitar and getting his students to appear on the national top 100 chess rating lists.

2 thoughts on “So I was just playing a game of #chess and then this happened! 49

  1. As a constant practicianer of the Italian game, I love this attack. And the final sequence is glorious. But, just to further add a final exclam to it, how about instead of 16.Qh6, play 16. Ngf6, which forks black’s K, Q, and R? Or did you see that move and just want to show some amount of mercy? *grin*

    1. Thank you for the kind comment. I hope my last two blog posts inspire you to try a new attacking line in the Italian. In answer to your question, I used the most direct path to mate.

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