The other day I dropped in to watch the exciting last round of the Victorian Chess Championships in which any of four players could have won the title. Young guns Christopher Wallis and Dusan Stojic came through to tie for first place whilst IM’s Igor Goldenberg and Mirko Rujevic ended up half a point behind. The arbiter, Gary Bekker, was kind enough to send me a file of all the games which I’ve been playing through in the search for new puzzles for you, dear reader.
Easily the strangest game was Morris v Stojic in which Morris seemed to been down a Q for a R for most of the game with little compensation. Stojic traded this advantage for 3 extra pawns in a Q+R endgame and they reached the position below with Morris (White) to move.
Play continued 40.Qf4 Rf5 41.Qd2 Qd5 42.Qe2 Qd4+ 43.Kh2 Rh5+ 44.Kg3 Qh4+ 45.Kf3 Rf5+ 0-1 as expected. My computer however tells me that White can draw the position in the diagram if he finds the correct move. See if you can do better than IM James and salvage the half-point.
[fen caption="What is the best move for White?"]6qk/2Q1R2p/6p1/2pr4/1p6/8/6P1/6K1 w – - 2 40[/fen]