16 February 2017

The Whole Board

This position has occurred in at least 21 games, including Ree,H -- Piket,J, Breda 2001, which appears in Encyclopedia of Chess Miniatures (2015).

White to move

The best move, which has been played in 19 of those 21 games, is quite elegant.


  1. This took me a while to spot. It's 1.Ba6. And I think one detail is if 1...Nxe5 we go 2.dxe5 instead of 2.Bxb7 h6 when they have some tricks. Although I think 2.Bxb7 is likely winning, too.

    1. I love this move! Using the a-file to exploit weaknesses on the dark squares around the king is worth remembering.