Trading Pieces for a Winning Endgame
Seirawan Strategy Example #2

Winning Chess Strategies, Diagram 7, p28

With 4x Pawns more than Black, including TWO Protected Passed Pawns (d5 & h3), White should seek to simplify the position and trade down into the Endgame phase as quickly as possible, for a Winning advantage.

The problem for White is Black threatens to win via a type of Smothered Mate (look at the cramped position of White's King!).

The glimmer of hope, for White comes from a Combination involving the Queen's sacrifice and an Absolute Knight Fork against Black's King & Queen.

Incidentally, Seirawan points out Black's Queen, currently involved in a bid to Checkmate White's cornered King, is the key piece preventing White's Material Surplus from trading down to a comfortable winning advantage ...


The board setup, for Diagram 7 (p28), is all ready for you to make the moves, (e.g. in Fritz 12), as shown and explained by Yasser Seirawan, on page 28.
[Event "Diagram 7 - White to Play"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "????.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "New game"]
[Black "?"]
[Result "*"]
[SetUp "1"]
[FEN "k7/7r/p7/3P1p2/1NPq2n1/1P5P/P5PQ/6RK w - - 0 0"]
[PlyCount "0"]

1.Qb8+ Kxb8 2.Nc6+ Kb7 3.Nxd4 Nf2+ 4.Kh2 Ng4+ 5.Kg3 *