Don't Worry Beharry

Here is a miniature that I doubt you guys have seen before. Black makes a crucial mistake on his eleventh move, when he weakens the dark squares around his kingside. White quickly takes advantage by castling queenside and offering up one of his rooks. After that, Black's position quickly collapses, and White offers up most of the rest of his army to force a mate that showcases the power of a long-range bishop.


  • 4 years ago


    Not sure why he played 6... Bd6? when he needed to liquidate in the center (dxc4) to avoid an unfavorable (two tempi down) white side (colors reversed) of QGD.

  • 4 years ago



  • 4 years ago

    NM Bab3s

    13...Qxd6 14. Nce4 Nxe4 15. Nxe4 Qd8 (the only square!) 16. Qc3 e5 (16...f6 17. Nxf6+ Rxf6 18. Qxf6 Qxf6 19. Bxf6 is very, very bad for Black) 17. b5 and Black can just about resign.

    14...Qxd6 leads to basically the same thing, so that's why the rook on d6 was not killed before it killed Black. By the way, that was one hell of an attack by Hartlaub, especially 18. Qh7+ is hard to see in advance.

  • 4 years ago


    Black probably thought that he could kick the knight first...

    The sacrifices are most spectacular!

  • 4 years ago


    Once again, why wasn't said rook taken?

  • 4 years ago


    No, I don't understand the hanging rook at d6 either. Nice blog title btw! Laughing

  • 4 years ago


    Why does the white rook set on d6 for 6 moves, undefended, then is used to checkmate on the last two moves? Why wasn't it bumped off earlier?

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