Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Chess Advocate Problem Answer, Burke vs Melvin

White: John Burke 2621, Black: Bill Melvin 2204, Event: 2018 Washington International

Date: 08/14/2018, Round: 7, Result: 1-0

Answer: 27.Qh5+ Kg8 28.Qh8+ (28...Kxh8 29.Rh6+ Kg8 30.Rh8#)

The first game against GM John Burke was played at the 2018 Washington International.  I had just beaten GM Larry Kaufman (my first GM), SM Grant Xu, and SM Jennifer Yu in succession.  So, you can be sure that GM Burke (I think he was 16) wasn't taking me lightly.

It is an obvious queen sacrifice that I saw ahead of time but could not prevent.

Note that GM Burke had to see the queen sacrifice when he played 20. Qxh6 sacrificing the bishop on c4.  I was very excited at the time thinking that I was about to score my fourth straight win.  I figured he was playing for 22. Qxd8, but I had seen that 22. ... Bf5 won easily.  Alas, GM Burke saw much farther in the game.  In my opinion, he probably saw the entire combination when he played 20. Qxh6. ______B. Melvin

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