I came across a game between British GMs John Nunn (left) and Mark Hebden from the recently concluded World Seniors Championship. There was a very neat finish to the game, and so I thought I’ll share it.

In a lost endgame position, Hebden tried his last chance with …Rg1:

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[Event “World Senior Championship (50+), 2014”]
[Site “Katerini, Greece”]
[Date “2014.10.27”]
[Round “4.1”]
[White “Nunn, J.”]
[Black “Hebden, M.”]
[Result “1-0”]
[ECO “C48”]
[WhiteElo “2602”]
[BlackElo “2540”]
[SetUp “1”]
[FEN “8/8/4k3/6R1/2P3Pp/2P1p2P/5PK1/4r3 b – – 0 55”]
[PlyCount “1”]
[EventDate “2014.10.24”]
[EventType “swiss”]
[EventRounds “11”]
[EventCountry “GRE”]
[Source “Mark Crowther”]
[SourceDate “2014.10.27”]

55… Rg1+ {Black has offered his Rook, but he is also threatening to play e2
and promote his pawn. How should White play?} 1-0 * [/pgn]

How should White react?

A) Kxg1 – Capture Black’s Rook, or

B) Kf3 – Decline the sacrifice?

Happy Solving! Enjoy!



    6 replies to "To Take, or Not to Take?"

    • Vishal

      …(deleted to avoid being a spoiler)… P.S. I am 11

      • Akshat

        Yup, you’re right, Vishal!
        Good Job!

    • P Chandna

      …(deleted to avoid being a spoiler)…and white wins 🙂

      • Akshat

        That’s correct, Priyav.
        Good Job!

    • Shreyam Mishra

      Hi Akshat! I have been following your blogs for quite a while now and I really love them! Keep them coming !

      As for the solution, I don’t think I should take any credit as I had seen the game already, but I’ll take it.

      55…(deleted to avoid being a spoiler)…to win.

      Wishing you all the luck in future,

      • Akshat

        You’re right, Shreyam!
        Thanks for the kind words.

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