A lonesome Chess King with very few defenders around is a clear signal to find a winning attack. Do you play chess like that? Here is such a position from the game Lars Bo Hansen-Adams, Wijk aan Zee, 1995. White has just played 31.Bc3 How did Black win this? Check the answer with Chess King + Houdini in the extended post.


Hansen Lars Bo (DEN) (2550) – Adams Michael (ENG) (2660)

Result: 0-1
Site: Wijk aan Zee (Netherlands)
Date: 1995
[…] 1.c4 ¤f6 2.¤c3 e5 3.¤f3 ¤c6 4.g3 ¥c5 5.¥g2 d6 6.O-O O-O 7.d3 h6 8.b3 a6 9.e3 ¥a7 10.¥b2 ¦e8 11.h3 ¥e6 12.¢h2 £d7 13.¦c1 ¦ad8 14.d4 exd4 15.exd4 ¥f5 16.a3 ¦e7 17.b4 ¦de8 18.b5 ¤a5 19.£a4 b6 20.¦fd1 ¤e4 21.¤d5 ¦e6 22.¦f1 ¤g5 23.¤f4 ¦6e7 24.h4 ¤xf3+ 25.¥xf3 ¥e4 26.¥xe4 ¦xe4 27.£b4 axb5 28.£xb5 c6 29.£a4 £f5 30.¤h3 d5 31.¥c3 ¦xh4 32.gxh4 ¥b8+ 33.f4 ¦e3 34.¤g1 ¥xf4+ 35….1.c4 ¤f6 2.¤c3 e5 3.¤f3 ¤c6 4.g3 ¥c5 5.¥g2 d6 6.O-O O-O 7.d3 h6 8.b3 a6 9.e3 ¥a7 10.¥b2 ¦e8 11.h3 ¥e6 12.¢h2 £d7 13.¦c1 ¦ad8 14.d4 exd4 15.exd4 ¥f5 16.a3 ¦e7 17.b4 ¦de8 18.b5 ¤a5 19.£a4 b6 20.¦fd1 ¤e4 21.¤d5 ¦e6 22.¦f1 ¤g5 23.¤f4 ¦6e7 24.h4 ¤xf3+ 25.¥xf3 ¥e4 26.¥xe4 ¦xe4 27.£b4 axb5 28.£xb5 c6 29.£a4 £f5 30.¤h3 d5 31.¥c3 ¦xh4 32.gxh4 ¥b8+ 33.f4 ¦e3 34.¤g1 ¥xf4+ 35….
(35.¦xf4 £xf4+ 36.¢h1 £xh4+ 37.¢g2 £g3+ 38.¢h1 ¦e4 39.¤h3 ¦h4 40.¦c2 ¦xh3+ 41.¦h2 ¦xh2# (0:15:11) 34…Bxf4+)
(35.¢g2 £g4+ 36.¢h1 £xh4+ 37.¤h3 ¦xh3+ 38.¢g1 £g3# (0:15:11) 34…Bxf4+)
(35.¢h1 ¦h3+ 36.¢g2 ¦h2+ 37.¢f3 ¥e5+ 38.¢e3 (0:15:11) 34…Bxf4+)
As you can see in the Houdini analysis, it is a forced checkmate!