Wednesday, December 26, 2012

The twelve puzzles of Xmas

Position from a variation which did not take place.

What was the variation and in what game might it have occurred?


Anonymous said...

Nosher v Gazza 10th game 1993.

Instead of 36.Rh1+ Kg6 37.Ne5+ Kf5 38.Nc6+, White (in timetrouble as usual) played 36.Ne5 g6 37.Rf1 (37.Nc6 also wins) Be6 38.Nf7+ Bxf7 39.Rxf7 Qd5 40.Re7? (40.Ne4!+-)which let Black escape with 40...Qd6 41.Rf7 Qd3

ejh said...

That's so.

I read somewhere that Nigel used up a lot of his remaining time on the previous move, when he was considering the blunder 35 Ne1?. (Which accords with my memory of watching the game on TV - that and Ray's patriotic humming.)

Jonathan B said...

Wasn't the ray Keene humming from the game short won?

ejh said...

Not as I remember it. But he's Memory Man and could no doubt tell us for sure.