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

Benoni

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

+-----------------+
|rhb1k+.4|
|0.+p0pgp|
|.0.+.hp+|
|+.0.+.+.|
|.+P).+.+|
|+.H.)N+.|
|P).+.)P)|
|$.GQIB+R|
+-----------------+

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

+-----------------+
|rh.1.4k+|
|0b+.+.g.|
|.0.0.+p0|
|+.0P+p+n|
|.+P+.+.+|
|+.H.+N+.|
|P)QGB)P)|
|$.+.+RI.|
+-----------------+

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

14. Rae1 Nf6 15. Nh4 Kh7

+-----------------+
|rh.1.4.+|
|0b+.+.gk|
|.0.0.hp0|
|+.0P+p+.|
|.+P+.+.H|
|+.H.+.+.|
|P)QGB)P)|
|+.+.$RI.|
+-----------------+

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

+-----------------+
|.+.+Rh.+|
|0.+.+.+.|
|.0.+.1.0|
|+.0P+.+k|
|.+P+.+b+|
|+.+B+.+.|
|P).+.).)|
|+.+.$.I.|
+-----------------+

30...Nd7

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

XLVIX.
"'Tis all a Chequer-board of Nights and Days
Where Destiny with Men for Pieces plays:
Hither and thither moves, and mates, and slays,
And one by one back in the Closet lays.
"
Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam
Rendered into English Verse by Edward Fitzgerald, First Edition
http://www.teachersoft.com/Library/poetry/fitzgrld/chapt01.htm
"Impotent Pieces of the Game He plays
Upon this Chequer-board of Nights and Days;
— Fifth edition, http://www.nmaa.si.edu/vedder/slide37p.html

 There are other editions, and other translations, but none, I think, on the Web.