Pleasing chess riddle April 1, 2008Posted by dorigo in chess, games, internet, personal.
This evening I played a few blitz games on the internet chess club. Here is the position I reached with the black pieces in one of these:
As you can see, black is a pawn up, and has a clearly superior position. Here black is to move (square “a1” is on the lower left: white pawns move up). White (a 1900-player) probably had reached this position in the hope to save the game thanks to the drawing power of opposite-coloured bishops on the board, but I think he underestimated the fact that opposite-coloured bishops actually increase the attacking power of the offender! They become a drawing weapon only when kings do not risk falling into a mating net…
Anybody willing to test their chess vision here ? What would you play with black here, and what sequence would you envision following your move ? I will post the solution here tomorrow morning.
UPDATE: the full answer is in the first comment below, courtesy of a reader.