Your webmaster, perusing the tables at the May 2011 Woodlands tournament, found himself at the table of a playoff game between David Brodsky and Morgan Lawless. While snapping the picture above, he wondered "how did they get into that
It is Black to move, he's in check and is losing a piece in a queen-exchange tempo race. A peek at the scoresheets revealed what had happened - and what could have
Here's the first 8 moves of the game:
(use the arrow keys to step thru the moves, or press END):
After Black's 8th move, White found a sharp move that put him a tempo ahead, gaining a piece, after both queens left the board. What do you think it was?
Need a hint?
White's move is easy to find if you just work backwards from the first diagram above.