The position below was reached on Thursday in a match between Richard Donaghay (Ely) and Colin Roberts (Bury St Edmunds). Colin (Black) has just played 16… hxg3 and White replied 17. f2-f3.
Colin now missed the best continuation and went on to lose the game. Can you see it (answer below).
Answer: 17…Qb6+ 18. c5 Bxc5 19. Kf1 (only move). Colin now suggests 19… Bf2, although with best play (20 Nc4!), White can probably survive. Perhaps the best move (after 19. Kf1) is … Bd6, renewing the threat on f2 and preventing White’s threat of Bf4+.
But it’s a complicated position and further analysis may reveal a better solution. Can you help?