Monday, September 15, 2014

Ray Could Play XIV: Pretty Good Year

29 ... Rbc8
Jiménez Zirquera - Keene, Camaguey 1974

1974: A pretty good year for Ray and ISEs. We’ve already had his effort against Cardoso from the Olympiad in Nice (RCP XII) and a brace from Cuba (RCP XI; RCP XIII). Here’s a third from Camaguey.

We join the game with Black having played ... Rbc8. Of course this allows Ba6 'winning' one of the rooks for his bishop. It’s the way I blunder material all the time, but RDK, needless to say, had a plan. Interesting that even with the dark-squared bishops off the board he was still looking for ways to give up a rook for a minor piece.

2014 ISE Count: 55
TISE Index


Anonymous said...

After 30 Ba6, wouldn't 30 .. Qc1+ 31 Qxc1 Rxc1+ 32 Kh2 Rb8 avoid giving up the exchange?

Anonymous said...

In this case I don't think Ray was planning to sacrifice the exchange. 30.Ba6 Qc1+ 31.Qxc1 Rxc1+ 32.Kh2 and then black moves the rook on b7 somewhere.

Jonathan B said...

Apologies. Hasty post. You would both seem to be entirely correct.

It was an accident on my part this time, but one post I did intend writing one day was exchange sacs that aren’t exchange sacs really but look at first glance like they are because the first move seems to give up rook for minor piece.

Maybe one day I’ll write that post deliberately.