Mittwoch, 18. Februar 2009

A terrible but instructive move

There are blunders that are embarrassing for the player who does them, but are instructive for the audience. This kind of blunder happened to Austrian player Rudolf Spielmann in his game against Oldrich Duras (Karlsbad 1907). In the diagram position Spielmann with the white pieces played the move 1.Rf4? - expecting 1.- Rxf4 2.Kxf4 with a drawn pawn endgame.

But, things went the other way, when Black moved 1.- Kg5! Now White has to exchange rooks with 2.Rxf5 Kxf5 and the pawn endgame is not draw but lost! (see diagram 2). Note for beginners: The position would be draw if Black had to move here.

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