Last week I left you with this teaser. Appropriately enough, there was a split in opinion. So let's go through what actually happened.
I'm a big fan of prophylaxis. So why didn't I employ it here? I should be playing to my strengths, right? Well, this was approaching 3pm on a 4NCL Sunday and the trains were up the creek. I had an offer of a lift to Nuneaton from somebody who had already finished and I knew that, were I to carry on playing past 4pm, I'd lose it. Cabs are expensive, I'm a student. Bite me. The team were going to lose, so I could afford to be selfish.
But yet the engines say this is the best way to play. Mind you, they're fairly selfish too.
35. Kf2 Qb2+ 36. Kg3 Qxc3 37. Qe8+ Kh7 38. Qxf7
Again, there are two clear-cut options here. One is to nab e3 and deprive white of their passer but, in so doing, lose a6. The sequence goes 38... Qxe3 39. Qf5+ Kg8 40. Qc8+ Kh7 41. Qxa6. The other way to play is to simply stop any perpetual fruit. Something like 38... Qe5+.
Split or steal?
Hope that the b pawn will be decisive
Keep the tension this time
Blue or Red Pill? Index