Tricky

Black's winning (?)
Black's winning (?)

 

Winston Huang and I arrived at this position and agreed to a draw.  The question is: Is Black winning?

There are several interesting tricks lurking after 33…g5.

34.Rc1? Rh6+ and mate!

Therefore 34.Kg3 is forced, and then 34…g4 35.Kxg4? Re1+ and queens.

White’s rooks are tied to the first rank, more or less. Black looks to play …Rg6, …h5, …h4+, and …g3.

Anybody want to play the white side?

(A little retrograde analysis for fun. Queens were on d4 and e6. The several time-scramble moves leading to the diagram, and this will help explain the draw,  were 29.Ncb5 Rfh5 30.Nc7 Rxh2 31.Qg7+!! Kxg7 32.Nxe6+ Rxe6)

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2 thoughts on “Tricky

  1. Looks hideous for White. Why did Black agree to a draw? Who had which color?

    Also, where were the other white knight and black rook, respectively, such that the original locations of their counterparts needed to be identified on move 29? I’m not much of a retrograde analyst.

  2. Oh golly, you’re no fun :) Nc3, Re8.

    I was Black. We both had about 7 minutes to move 40; I had that sinking feeling that you get when your opponent reaches for his queen and you realize that he’s about to drop it on g7 and you’re not mating him at all, in fact you’re suddenly down the exchange. Didn’t have much time to re-orient.

    (Is that a longwinded way of saying I chickened out?)

    It seems in hindsight that instead of …Rh5, Black is totally winning after 29…Re5 30.Qc3 (to cover e1) Qh3.

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