Strong Chess Ideas and Psychology: Forcing a Draw

Black tries an attempt at a draw!

We have a nice position here from a game Leonhardt Paul S (GER) – Mieses Jacques (GER) dated 1905, London. It’s not a great idea to give up when you are up against the wall and “totally lost” without trying absolutely every single idea – including desperate sacrifices. It’s lost any way… so, why give up without trying? Such was the position with White having played 21.Qxd8. Can you think of how the game progressed? A cool game to watch that ends in a draw.




Leonhardt Paul S (GER) – Mieses Jacques (GER)

Result: 1/2-1/2
Site: London (England)
Date: 1905

[…] 1.e4 c5 2.¤c3 e6 3.¤ge2 ¤c6 4.g3 d5 5.exd5 exd5 6.d4 ¥g4 7.£d2 ¤f6 8.h3 ¥f5 9.a3 ¥e4 10.¤xe4 ¤xe4 11.£d3 cxd4 12.¥g2 £a5+ 13.c3 dxc3 14.O-O cxb2 15.¥xb2 O-O-O 16.¤d4 £a4 17.¦fc1 ¢b8 18.¥xe4 ¤xd4 19.¥xd4 dxe4 20.¥xa7+ ¢xa7 21.£xd8 ¥c5 22.£xh8 ¥xf2+ 23.¢xf2 £b3 24.£d8 £f3+ 25.¢e1 £e3+ 26.¢d1 £g1+

The White King cannot escape on the c- or b- or a- files there is always a check happening either on the files or on the second rank. :)

Of course White need not have gone 22.Qxh8, or 23.Kxf2, but that’s how chess and psychology go together and we can always say things could have happened differently! In fact, 23. Kg2 (Instead of the King taking the Bishop) Qb3 (for covering f3) 24.Qxg7 wins for White.) Have fun with Chess and Chess King.

One Response to “Strong Chess Ideas and Psychology: Forcing a Draw”

  • alexis cochran, nz says:

    i think that is why human chess will always remain special computers or not because you can still win a lost game and lose a won game love chess. love chess king. my daily dose of chess is great with chess king.

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