Knights trap queen

 









Timman, Jan H (2480) - Polugaevsky, Lev (2645) - AVRO 1973 Round 5

12...0-0-0 13.Bxf6 Nxf6 14.Nd5 Attacking the queen! Also notice, the knight is within striking distance to deliver a check! From now switch on the imaginary lights under the squares these two White knights control. This knight at d5 can safely be taken by the Black knight; the pawn is pinned and hence can not move; the bishop can take it but will lose. The queen can safely go to c5 or b8 squares but the resultant position will not be pleasant for Black.

14...Qa5
make sure the lights are glowing! [okay is 14...Nxd5 15.exd5 Bxd5 leaves White work hardest to hope for anything!; NOT 14...Bxd5 15.exd5 Kb7 (NOT 15...Nxd5 16.Nxe6 fxe6 17.Qxe6+ Kb8 18.Qxd5 winning position) 16.dxe6 wins]

15.Nb3
Black resigned as the queen is trapped!

15...Qxa2
[If 15...Qa4 16.Nb6+ forks and wins the queen!]

16.Nc3
Nowhere to hide! When the knights dominate like this, it appears as though pawns and pieces of both sides help them! 1-0

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