An Edgy Day and Sleepless Knight

Completing the path £>f3-d2-b3-al-c2-e3-f5 and winning a pawn thereby.

28...2h8 would be tougher, at least protecting against Wh5. The text-move is also tactically unsound.

White avoids the uncertainty of 29 Axh4! Wxh4 30 Wxf7 2xg2+ 31 <4>xg2 ®tf4+ 32 1, but it would have won for him.

The last chance was 29...2h8!.

30 <£hl 4>c6 31 Wh5 ®f4 32 WhS Wf8 33 Wxf8 £ixf8 34 &xh4

and White won easily.

Valery Bronznik in his Schach Ohne Abseits ChessBase CD has collected a large set of paradoxical knight manoeuvres, quite a few relevant to our other themes. He starts this example at move 30, but the game as a whole game also provides a strong aesthetic impression:

Lukacs - G. Horvath

Hungarian Ch 1989

1 d4 £if6 2 c4 e6 3 £>f3 b6 4 g3 Ab7 5 ±g2 &b4+ 6 ±d2 Ae7 7 &c3 0-0 8 0-0 c5 9 d5 exd5 10 £tfi4 £ie4 11 £>f5

The things that people are doing these days to get a knight to f5! On his video biography, Kasparov somewhat jokingly remarked that such a knight is worth a whole pawn. He was not referring to this position of course.

ll..JLf6 12 cxd5 £>xc3 13 J.xc3 &xc3 14 bxc3 Wf6 15 e4 d6 16 Wd2 &c8

Black isn't too thrilled with the knight there either.

This is starting to look reasonable for Black, who has stopped e5 and can turn to the queen-side.

25...a6 26 c4 stabilizes the queenside in White's favour.

The more natural move 26...£}c5 was perhaps better.

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