A SENSE OF HUMOUR
Polar Capital Jersey Op 2016.4.14 GM Hillarp Persson, Tiger– GM Hebden, Mark. Position after Black’s 41st move (41…Qc5). Black has an obvious positional advantage with his strong advanced a-pawn. In addition, the White King is exposed. If it were Black’s move then 42…Rb2 must be decisive. Hillarp, correctly weighing his objective chances, decided that his position was desperate and that his only chances of salvation lay in a creative defence…
The Swedish grandmaster leaves his Rook on f2 to its own fate…
SHOULD BLACK TAKE THE ROOK?
No! Taking the Rook would allow White a stalemate after 43.Qc8+!! RxQ (forced) 44.Rg8+ and regardless how Black captures the Rook it is stalemate!! In the game Hebden did not fall for Hillarp’s trap, played 42…Qc8+, trading Queens and winning the ending easily. Apparently 42…Rb2 was even stronger.