Today's position is a salutary example of good horsemanship at high speed in a desperate position. It occurred in a second round, 30-minute play-off game, Lputyan-Sveshnikov, from the Tilburg knock-out tournament.
With 1. Rxe6+] Lputyan played what should have been the winning move. 1 . . . fxe6 loses to 2. Qg7+, so Black continued 1 . . . Kxe6 2. Rxd8 Qxf2 when White was the exchange up for nothing. After 3. Qd3 Qe1+ 4. Kc2 Qf2+ 5. Kc3 Nf3 6. Re8+ Kf6 7. Qe3 Qxe3 8. Rxe3 White was the exchange up in a simple endgame.
But with both men desperately short of time, knight and rook were rapidly approaching parity. The game lurched on with 8 . . . Ng5 9. b4 Ne6 10. c5 Kf5 11. Rf3+ Nf4 12. Kc4 (12. Kd4] is simpler) Ke4 13. Rg3 f5 14. Rg7 Nd5 15. Rxb7 f4 16. Rxa7 f3 17. Rf7 Nf4 18. Re7+ Kf5 19. Re1 Ng2 20. Rc1? (20. Rh1]) f2 21. b5 (21. Rh1]) Ne1] 22. bxc6 f1=Q+ and White resigned.
The moral is: Don't run short of time when your opponent has a knight on the loose.Reuse content