Play in the Vancouver rapid chess league quarterfinal required a different mind set because losers get eliminated. So, in round one I took advantage of the White pieces while my teammates suffered with Blacks. We took the lead 2-1 after the first round......
On board 3 I took on an expert Lex Lawless and at the end we reached this position. I had just played 1. gxf5 forcing the Queen off. Where would you put the Queen? Lex actually ran out of time here and lost.
Black to play
1. ...Qxf7 2. Rxf7 is still winning for White
1. ...Qh5 2. Rh7+ Kg8 3. Reg7+ Kf8 4. f6 +- and mate on h8 next, if Qg4+ 5. Kh1 Qd1+ 6. Qf1 +-
1. ...Qxd6 2.f6 +-
NOTE: the doubled rooks on the seventh rank totally dominated Black's position, his rook a8 never moved!
Always try to double your rooks on the seventh or, if playing Black, on the second rank.
Black's last move was c5 but it was too late to free his pieces.
This was a fun way to start the quarterfinal.
NCM Vas Sladek
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