Games: Chess

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Here's a cheerful game from the Maroczy Memorial tournament in Szeged, Hungary, last week. Black must have been following his own preparation at least as far as 14...Nxa1, but 15...0-0 looks dubious. Once White had given up his other rook with 18.Nf3! Sax seemed to have no defence to the power of the white bishops.

He must have missed the idea of 20.Nxf7+! which, in combination with 22.Bf7! forced open the diagonal for his black-squared bishop. In the final position 26...Kf8 27.Bg7+ Kg8 28.Bh6 forces mate. With his knight still on a1, he cannot even stave off mate by putting his queen on that square.

White: S Atalik

Black: G Sax

Nimzo-Indian defence

1 d4 Nf6 14 Kf3 Nxa1

2 c4 e6 15 Bb2 0-0

3 Nc3 Bb4 16 Kg3 Kh8

4 Qc2 d5 17 dxe5 Be6

5 a3 Bxc3+ 18 Nf3 Qxh1

6 Qxc3 Ne4 19 Ng5 g6

7 Qc2 Nc6 20 Nxf7+ Rxf7

8 e3 e5 21 Bxe6 Rg7

9 cxd5 Qxd5 22 Bf7 Rxf7

10 Bc4 Qa5+ 23 e6+ Kg8

11 b4 Nxb4 24 Qd4 Kf8

12 Qxe4 Nc2+ 25 exf7+ Kxf7

13 Ke2 Qe1+ 26 Qd7+ resigns