NM Stanley Chumfwa (2229)
IM Watu Kobese (2412)

Golden Cleopatra op (8)
Cairo, 2002

This game features a powerful attack, but many times it's the ideas that are more intriguing than the attack itself. Here Chumfwa displays tactical creativity and rips into Kobese's kingside with a swiftness. One does not normally catch a player of Kobese's caliber back on his heels, but this was one of those occasions. This game is reminiscent of another player of African descent known for similar attacks... FM Emory Tate.

1. e4 d6 2. d4 Nf6 3. Nc3 g6 4. Bg5 Immediately showing what kind of mood he's in. A 14-year old Bobby Fischer played this against GM Edmar Mednis in 1957 and ended with a mating attack. GM Alexander Shabalov also employs this attack combined with Chumfwa's next move. 4... Bg7 5. Qd2 h6 6. Bh4 c6 7. f4 b5 8. Bd3 a6 9. Nf3 In these types of Pirc/Robatsch positions, Black hopes that white over-extends the center and when this happens, he will swiftly snatch the initiative. 9... O-O 10. O-O a5 11. e5 dxe5 12. fxe5 Ne8 Black has yielded quite a bit of space and seeks to chip away at white's impressive center. 13. Ne4 Na6 14. c3 Nec7 Black cont inues maneuvering. This is typical of Kobese's style, and he has a deep understanding of positional themes, however, he may have missed the next move. 15. Nd6!

This is the kind of move that causes one to readjust their sitting position in the chair. Generally, entrenched knights wreak havoc in an opponent's position and many times it becomes necessary to sack an exchange to remove them. Thus, you can be certain that Kobese won't allow it to remain as a house guest. 15... Bg4 15... g5 16. Nxg5 hxg5 (16... exd6 17. Bh7+ Kh8 18. Nxf7+ Rxf7 19. Bxd8) 17. Qxg5 f6 18. Qg6 16. h3 Bxf3 17. Rxf3 Qd7 Notice that all the squares around the Black king (f7, g6, h6) are under severe pressure. 18. Nf5! Certainly an intuitive sacrifice and Chumfwa strikes while the iron is hot! White threatens important pawns on both e7 and h6, so Black must accept the sack. Both Fritz and Crafty only examined 18.Ne4 with a plus for white. 18... gxf5 19. Bxf5 Ne6 On 19... e6 Black's kingside becomes Swiss chess and white would crack the whip with 20. Bf6! with the idea of Rg3 and Black will soon resign. 20. Rg3 White's pieces are swarming while Black's soldiers looks on from the queenside. 20... Kh8 21. Bf6!!

Another thunderbolt!! The Zambian won't let up and is taking full advantage of Black's weakened kingside. Can Black survive this attack? To answer this question, one should look at the number of pieces able to provide support for the Black king. It's only the rook on f8 that can give any cover from the four attacking pieces! White is threatening both 22. Qxh6+ and 22. Bxe6, so... 21... exf6 22. exf6 Qd6 23. Rg4 White should remain steadfast to his momentum and throw down the gauntlet with 23. Rxg7! 23... Rg8 24. Rxg7!

Better late than never! White threatens 25. Rh7 mate and 25. Qxh6 mate. 24... Rxg7 25. Qxh6+ Kg8 26. fxg7 and the only way to avert mate is to play 26... Nxg7, but since Black's e6 knight is pinned to the queen, it's not possible. Kobese resigned. Chumfwa played a very energetic game which was fueled by a natural flow of the attack. Nice game!! 1-0 [Shabazz D.]

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