With the Yankees and Mets disgraced, the New York Knights hope to restore the Big Apple’s winning way by demolishing the Boston Blitz tonight in the United States Chess League. Hikaru Nakamura, on Board One for the Knights, has made public his plan to “crush” Beantown’s Jorge Sammour-Hasbun. My advice to Jorge is not only to brush up on irregular chess openings but also to review simple endings.
For instance, after a tense see-saw battle, Jorge as White may be happy to take a draw in the following, apparently sterile position:
But Hikaru will want to play on, hoping to wear him down before the 50-move draw rule applies. Now, Jorge, try to keep your king centralized. Hikaru will try to intimidate you into tucking the king away on h1:
If you reach the above position, Jorge, it would not be good to withdraw your bishop to g1:
Because then Hikaru will mate you!
Let’s go Knights!