Theo Slade v Oskar Hackner
British Championship 2014, Rd.3
Played a few times by GM Moskalenko. And once by me. Only once.
A clever idea, indirectly protecting the loose bishop on b5.
White now has a dilemma. His king is a bit exposed, so it's natural to swap queens. But then black's d-pawn looms large .... I suspect 24 Rb1 is better.
Oh no! There is a silly rule: black pawns move faster than white's.
I think white should be putting his king on d2, freeing his rook.
And here I switched on the computer, to see if the game can be saved. Fritz11 advises Ke3 which seems daft until one sees the mating end to the game.
Theo told his dad that he was pleased with his play, despite the result. His opponent is graded over 200. It's a tough event.
Notes by Robin Kneebone