Carlsen's kamikaze king

by Oliver Reeh
5/22/2021 – The diagram shows a position from the game L. Dominguez vs M. Carlsen, Opera Euro 2021. Black's last move 27...Kh6? gave White the chance to hunt the bold king down and to win against the World Champion. But as this was a rapid game and White did not have much time left on the clock, he failed to find the win. Can you do better, without a ticking clock and all the time in the world?

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Oliver Reeh is an International Master, lives in Hamburg, and plays for the "Hamburger Schachklub" in the "Bundesliga". He is a long-time member of the ChessBase team, and regularly entertains and educates readers with his tactic column in the ChessBase Magazine. He is also co-author of the popular DVDs on Bobby Fischer, Mihhail Tal, Alexander Alekhine, and José Raul Capablanca appearing in the ChessBase Master Class Series.
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Poiuy Trewq Poiuy Trewq 5/30/2021 08:34
Ack! Of course I am analyzing on the fly without help of a chess engine (don't own one) so naturally I post a bogus move 33. Rh1+?? which drops the rook directly. Oops! Oh well, I hope the rest of the analysis holds :-)
Poiuy Trewq Poiuy Trewq 5/29/2021 04:32
It seems clear to me Black can stave off checkmate with a couple of well timed sacrifices which spoil the King hunt. For example, after the rook lift 28. Rd4, Ne4?! interposing the Knight. Then, after 29. fxe4, a4!? 30. Bxa4 drawing away the Bishop. Next, rushing the Rook to the defense with 30 ... Rh8, so that after 31. exd5 Bxd5 32. Rxg4 g5 33. Rh1+ (if 33. Rdg1 Rc4 34. Rxg5 Rh4! with ... Rh5 to follow) 33 ... Kg6 34. Rhg1 Kf5 (not 34 ... Rh5??, Nf4+) 35. Rxg5+ Ke4, 36. Bb5 (if 36. Rg4+ Ke3, 37. Ng1 Be4! running interference and looking to overload c2 with Rh2) 36 ... Rh3! If either 37. Bd3+ or 37. R1g4+ then 37 ... Ke3, and despite the precarious position of the Black King, it is safe. True, Black is down almost the equivalent of a Rook, but I would say that is better than a "forced" checkmate!
qiqiangzhu qiqiangzhu 5/23/2021 09:07