Chess: Sosonko's dragon meets St George
Wednesday 23 June 1993
Last week, Sosonko's dragon met its St George. With 10. h4, Jeroen Piket adopted the standard anti- dragon formation. White aims for an automatic attack with 0-0-0, g4, h5 and Bh6. Black counters with play along the c-file. In the 1960s, 10 . . . Rc8 was the automatic move, in the 1970s it was 10 . . . Qa5 followed by Rfc8, and in the 1980s 10 . . . h5. Now the dragon faithful have switched back to the old move.
Sosonko's 19 . . . Be5 is the latest wrinkle on the dragon's skin, preventing Qh2 and preparing to meet 20. f4 with 20 . . . Bxd4 21. Bxd4 Rxc2 now that Qh6 is no longer possible. However, 20. Qd3] and 21. Rxh7]] caught Sosonko in a brilliant piece of home preparation. After 23. Rh6 Black cannot defend g6 since 23 . . . Be8 loses to 24. Ne6+ Kg8 25. Rxg6+ Bxg6 26. Qxg6+ Kh8 27. Ng5. After 27. dxe6 White threatens Qh7+ and Qf7 mate, and 27 . . . Qxf3 loses to 28. Rh7+ Kf6 (Kf8 is just as bad after Bh6+) 29. Rf7+. At the end, the threat of Qf7 mate could only be delayed a single move by 29 . . . Rg7 30. Rh8+.
White: Piket Black: Sosonko 1 e4 c5 16 hxg6 fxg6 2 Nf3 d6 17 Kb1 b5 3 d4 cxd4 18 Nd5 Nxd5 4 Nxd4 Nf6 19 exd5 Be5 5 Nc3 g6 20 Qd3 Qb7 6 Be3 Bg7 21 Rxh7 Kxh7 7 f3 Nc6 22 Rh1+ Kg7 8 Qd2 0-0 23 Rh6 Rg8 9 Bc4 Bd7 24 Rxg6+ Kh8 10 h4 Rc8 25 Rh6+ Kg7 11 Bb3 Ne5 26 Ne6+ Bxe6 12 0-0-0 Nc4 27 dxe6 Kf8 13 Bxc4 Rxc4 28 Qf5+ Bf6 14 g4 Qc7 29 Qh5 1-0 15 h5 Rc8
TV review Nick Hewer, the man whose eyebrows speak a thousand words, is set to leave The Apprentice
Film The critics but sneer but these unfashionable festive films are our favourites
TV We're so close to knowing what happened to Oliver Hughes, but a last-minute bluff crushes expectations
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Nigel Farage: Me vs Russell Brand on Question Time – he's got the chest hair but where are his ideas?
- 2 Harry Potter fans can apply to the Hogwarts-inspired College of Wizardry
- 3 Jessica Chambers: 19-year-old woman 'doused with lighter fluid and burned alive' in the US
- 4 Russell Brand calls Nigel Farage 'poundshop Enoch Powell' in BBC Question Time debate
- 5 Orange Wednesdays are no more
Peter Lik: The self-proclaimed 'fine-art photographer' whose work sells for millions
The best underrated Christmas movies from Love, Actually to While You Were Sleeping
Grace Dent on TV: The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies was a beautifully shot, immensely considered drama
The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies, review: Jason Watkins is brilliant, but real victim Joanna Yeates is reduced to a footnote
Marilyn Manson denies involvement in shocking Lana Del Rey rape video
Disgruntled RBS worker writes hilarious open letter to Russell Brand after anti-capitalist publicity stunt leaves him hungry
Nigel Farage's approval rating hits 'record low' as popularity suffers in wake of Ukip sex scandal
Nigel Farage defends Kerry Smith 'ch***y' comment: 'If you are going for a Chinese, what do you say you’re going for?'
Pakistan school attack live: Taliban kill at least 132 children in 'horrifying' massacre
Sony hack: Angelina Jolie branded 'seriously out of her mind' in further embarrassing leaked email saga
Panic Saturday: 13 million Britons spend £1.2bn – while 13 million others across the country live in poverty unable to afford food