Back Rank Mates 1 – Review

Ossip Bernstein  v  Jose Raul Capablanca    Moscow  1914.

Queen’s Gambit Declined  Orthodox Variation.

1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Nf3 Be7 5.Bg5 0-0 6.e3 Nbd7 7.Rc1 b6

[ 7. …c6 8.Bd3 dxc4 9.Bxc4 Nd5 is common in this line] 8.cxd5 exd5

9.Qa4 Bb7 10.Ba6 Bxa6 11.Qxa6 c5 12.Bxf6 Nxf6 13.dxc5 bxc5 14.0-0 Qb6

15.Qe2 c4 16.Rfd1 Rfd8 17.Nd4 Bb4 18.b3 Rac8 19.bxc4 dxc4 20.Rc2 Bxc3

21.Rxc3 Nd5 22.Rc2 c3 23.Rdc1 Rc5 24.Nb3 Rc6 25.Nd4 Rc7 26.Nb5 Rc5

27.Nxc3 Nxc3 28.Rxc3 Rxc3 29.Rxc3 …….find the best move for Black 29. …Qb2!

  here Bernstein resigned …. ” to play one

  more  move would be an anticlimax “

    Note that several of the possible lines require a    precise winning move from Black because of the danger of being mated on his own back rank.

 

if 30.Qxb2 Rd1#

if 30.Qe1 Qxc3 wins a Rook [ 31.Qxc3 Rd1+ 32.Qe1 Rxe1# ]

if 30.Qd3 Qa1+ 31.Qf1 Qxc3 wins a Rook. 

 if 30.Rc2 Qb1+ 31.Qf1 Qxc2 wins a Rook.  

if 30.Rd3 Qb1+[31.Rd1 Rxd1+ 32.Qxd1 Qxd1#31.Qd1 Qxd1+ 32. Rxd1 Rxd1#] 31.Qf1 Qxd3 wins a Rook. 

if 30.Rc8 Qb1+ 31.Qf1 Qxf1+ 32.Kxf1 Rxc8 wins a Rook.

 if 30.Qc2 Qxc2 31.Rxc2 Rd1# and if 30.Rb3 Qxe2 wins a Queen    

Jose Raul Capablanca    World Chess Champion  1921-1927

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