1997: Distracted Queen

Game Popavac,M - Jones,RH, Exeter 'A' v Exmouth, Schofield Cup, 1997

A Distracted Queen

It should be remembered that a chess game is the result of the combined effort of two players, and Black is equally the author of the game. Miro looked the more pleased, though! — TES

Sicilian, Sozin variation.

1.e4 c5

The Sicilian move, the defence offering the most chances to Black.

2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 Qc7 6.Bd3 Nc6 7.Be3 e5 8.Nde2 Be6 9.Ng3 Be7 10.0–0 Rc8 11.a3 Na5 12.Nh5 0–0 13.Nxf6+ Bxf6 14.Nd5 Bxd5 15.exd5 e4 16.Bxe4 Bxb2 17.Rb1 Qc3

+-----------------+
|.+r+.4k+|
|0p+.+p0p|
|.+.0.+.+|
|h.+P+.+.|
|.+.+B+.+|
|).1.G.+.|
|.gP+.)P)|
|+R+Q+RI.|
+-----------------+

18.Rxb2! Qxb2 19.Bd4 Qa2

+-----------------+
|.+r+.4k+|
|0p+.+p0p|
|.+.0.+.+|
|h.+P+.+.|
|.+.GB+.+|
|).+.+.+.|
|q+P+.)P)|
|+.+Q+RI.|
+-----------------+

That was the easy bit.

20.Bf6! Rfe8

[20...Rce8 is better]

21.Qg4 g6 22.Qf4

Black resigns

22...Re6 23.dxe6 Qxe6 24.Bd5 1–0

[Notes by Tom Stephenson]

Chess Quotes

"Combinative vision manifests itself at an early age, and children are quick to notice and execute combinations which chance to turn up. Preparing combinations, however, is more difficult for them."
— ZAK, Improve your chess results.