1973: Queen and Knight

Game Richards,DJ - Lee,RA Exeter Club Championship, 1973

David's Queen and Knight sacrifice

With one game to play in the 1972-73 Exeter Club Championship, I had scored 8 points out of 9, but Dr David Richards had 81/2, and I had the Black pieces in the deciding game. — RAL


1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 c5 3. e3

As I expected, David seemed to be playing cautiously, keeping the draw in hand. 

3...g6 4. Nf3 Bg7 5. Nc3 b6


The double fianchetto as Black was one of Emanuel Lasker's deliberately inferior ploys to tempt the opponent to attack. 

6. Be2 Bb7 7. d5 O-O 8. O-O e6 9. e4 exd5 10. exd5

I had hoped for cxd5, giving a dynamic imbalance. 

10...d6 11. Bf4 h6 12. Qc2 Nh5 13. Bd2 f5


Playing actively and consciously weakening g6.  I've met sacrifices here before!

14. Rae1 Nf6 15. Nh4 Kh7


16. Nxg6

Fine! at least we aren't going to draw now. 

16...Kxg6 17. Qxf5+!!

This, however, was a bombshell!

17...Kxf5 18. Bd3+ Ne4

Giving back material to make room for the King. 

19. Nxe4 Bc8

The light-squared Bishop is desperately needed. 

20. Nxd6+ Kf6 21. Bc3+ Kg5 22. Ne4+ Kg6 23. Nd6+ Kh5 24. Bxg7 Qxd6 25. Bxf8 Qf6

[25...Qxf8 26. Re5+]

26. Re8 Bd7 27. g4+ Bxg4 28. Rfe1 Nd7 29. Rxa8 Nxf8 30. Rae8



At the cost of the exchange, the remaining pieces are utilised. 

31. Be2 Qf4 32. b3 Nf6 33. Re3 Ne4 34. Rf1 Bxe2 35. Rxe2 Qg4+ 0-1

[Notes by Bob Lee]

Chess Quotes

"The delight in gambits is a sign of chess youth... In very much the same way as the young man, on reaching his manhood years, lays aside the Indian stories and stories of adventure, and turns to the psychological novel, we with maturing experience leave off gambit playing and become interested in the less vivacious but withal more forceful manoeuvres of the position player."
— Emanuel LASKER