Short Sharp Shocks No.16
Note that the bottom left corner of the board is ‘a1’. This set is a continuation of the last set of puzzles. These games are real games played by master players. Rather than searching necessarily for a checkmate, you must search for the best continuation. We prefer to receive answers in algebraic notation.
White: Amateur Black: Goetz
- e4, e5
- f4, exf4
Not content to gambit his ‘f’ pawn, white is also prepared to gamble with his king’s safety. This move should have been prefaced by Qe2, preparing to answer 3… Qh4+ by 4. Kd1.
The white king should now begin his travels to the more interesting parts of the chess board, but instead hatches a defensive plan of his own…
4. g3, fxg3
Not really. White is in deep trouble, but this only makes things decidedly worse.
What is black’s best way of finishing the game?
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