We are in the middle game of an overall equal position. One aspect of this position could lead you to believe the game will end in a draw. Your tasks:
a) How did I conclude it is an overall equal position?
b) What aspect of the position could lead you to believe the game will end in a draw?
c) White to play the strongest continuation: decide what is the real result of the game going to be?
Total available points for this puzzle is 20. The answers will be published next time together with puzzle #271.
Puzzle #269 solution:
Game Benko – Oney, Budapest 1949. Coco answered as follows:
"a) White stands better because it has more advantages. My analysis:
Development: White developed one more rook. Advantage white.
Castling and King Safety: both Kings have castled, but black's defensive pawn structure is weak. Advantage white.
Center: Black has a center pawn and the queen and knight to control it.
The black rook and bishop defends the center pawn.
White has a pawn and bishop controlling the center. The rook is on the center file and the Queen defends the knight.
Position - closed
Turn to move: White. Advantage White.
b) Absolute Pins
c) 1.Rxd3 cxd3 2.Ne6+ fxe6 3.Rc7+ 1-0
If 3... Kh6 4.Qxf6 mates on g5
If 3... Kh8 4.Qxf6+ Kg8 5.Qg7#
If 3... Kg8 4. Qxf6 mates on g7
If 3... Kf8 4.Qxf6+ Ke8 5.Qe7# if 4... Kg8 5.Qg7#"
Hyson, Bradley, Coco - 20 points
Cody, Benjamin, Jalen - 18 points
Yakov - 10 points
Deryk - 5 points
Benjamin - 63 points
Coco - 62 points
Bradley - 60 points
Cody - 48 points
Deryk - 40 points
Hyson - 37 points
Jalen - 35 points
Terry - 30 points
Yakov - 27 points
Aaron - 20 points
Dheera - 2 points