Moves we would all like to play (part 3)

It is the last round of the club championship, and you are playing your arch-rival, a particularly snotty individual, whom you have never liked, and whom, for good measure, you also suspect of taking an unhealthy degree of interest in your missus. He is half a point ahead of you in the tournament, and only a win will do. Luckily, you are a piece up in the ending:

Genrikh Kasparyan, 1st Pr, Shakhmaty v SSSR 1939

Play continues 1.Bg5 b3 2.Rd2+ Ka1 3.f7 Now, you are expecting resignation, but instead, he uncorks 3…Rxg5 4.f8(Q) Rg1+ 5.Rd1 Rg2. Threatening two different mates in one. Now you play 6.Qa3+, which is met by 6…Ra2.

By now, the entire club is gathered round the board, your flag is hanging, and Snotty is staring at you with a grin on his face, which is stupendously smarmy, even by his high standards. He clearly thinks you have nothing better than a draw by repetition after 7.Qc5 Rg2 , and the club championship is his.

And at this moment, you produce the move you have been planning all along.

7.Rd2!! Rxa3 8.Rb2!!

whereupon you lean across the board and whisper Capablanca’s well-known words, “Come on , sucker. make my day…”

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