A couple of years ago I was at an Australian Junior Championship in the analysis room going over one of the games that had just finished.  White had sacrificed a pawn and did not appear to have any counter-play to justify the sacrifice.   There was a young Chinese boy standing next to the player of the white pieces and he insisted that White did in fact have a strong attack and spent sometime trying to demonstrate that to me.   Needless to say I took an instant dislike to this insistent boy who I later found out was Ly Moulthun from Queensland.

Perhaps confidence and stubbornness are desirable qualities for a top chess player as Ly is now one of the top players in the country and recently finished =1st in the 2011 Australia Open Championships.

In today’s diagram from the Open Ly is black against Illingworth who has just played the spectacular move 86.Bc5! trapping black’s N.   Should Ly:

a) Resign.

b) Offer a draw.

c) Storm out in disgust and let his opponent win on time.

[fen caption=”Black to Play”]2n5/2P5/1Pk5/2B5/8/p7/8/1K6 b KQkq – 0 1[/fen]


Ly chose a) Resign.  This ultimately meant that he only tied for first with George Xie winning the title on count-back.

Better would have been b) Offer a draw (as pointed out by Solomon) as Black can just play K-b7-a8-b7 and any attempt by the white King to go to c6 allows Nxb6 Bxb6 stalemate!  K-d7 x c8 has the same result.

2 Responses to “Jammo’s Chess Puzzle #68”

  1. February 22, 2011 at 2:15 am, robert said:

    why didnt he take the bishop on c5?


    • February 22, 2011 at 11:39 am, David Cordover said:

      Because then white plays pawn to b7 and there is no way black can stop the pawns queening.