White pawns are working overtime.

From a tournament game I played nearly thirty years ago against a friend.

Escalante-Dr. H. Valery
Labate’s Chess Centre, Apr. 26 1988
[Escalante]
1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 Bf5 4.g4 Be4 {A bit more sane is 4…Bg6 5.h4 as in Golyak (2220)-Fairbairn (2048), corres., Golden Knights, 1997, which continued with 5.h4 h5 6.e6!!? fxe6 7.Bd3 Bxd3 8.Qxd3 hxg4 9.Qg6+ Kd7 10.Qxg4 Nf6 11.Qe2 Kc8 12.Nf3 Nbd7 13.Qxe6 Kc7 14.Bf4+ Kb6 15.c4 dxc4 16.Nc3 a6 17.d5 Ka7 18.dxc6 bxc6 19.Qxc6 Qc8 20.Be3+ Kb8 21.Qe6 Qb7 22.Ke2 Rh5 23.Rhd1 g6 24.b4 Rf5 25.Nd4 Rh5 26.Bf4+ Kc8 27.Qxc4+ 1-0} 5.f3 Bg6 6.f4 e6? 7.Nf3 Be4 8.Bd3 Nd7 9.Bxe4 dxe4 10.Ng5 Qa5+ {10…h6 11.Nxe4 Qh4+ 12.Kf1 Qh3+ 13.Kg1!} 11.Nc3 f5 12.Nxe6 Bb4 13.Nxg7+ Kf7 14.Nxf5 Bxc3+ 15.bxc3 Qd5 16.c4{!} Qa5+ 17.Bd2 Qd8 18.Nd6+ Kf8 19.g5 h5 20.f5 Rh6 {Black sacrifices a Rook for mild counterplay.} 21.gxh6 Qh4+ 22.Kf1 Qh3+ 23.Kg1 e3 24.h7! {24.Bxe3? Qxe3+ 25.Kf1 Qxh6} exd2 25.h8=Q Qe3+ 26.Kg2 Qg5+ 27.Kf3 Qg4+ 28.Ke3 Qg5+ 29.Kd3 Nc5+ 30.dxc5 Rd8 31.Qhxh5 Qe7 32.f6 Qe6 33.f7 Ke7 34.fxg8=Q Qxg8 35.Qh4+ Kd7 36.e6+ Kc7 {If 36…Qxe6, then 37.Qdg4 should win} 37.e7 Rxd6+ {Black sacrifices a second Rook for even a more milder form of counterplay.} 38.cxd6+ Kb8 39.d7 Qg6+ 40.Kc3 Qg7+ 41.Kb3 a6 42.d8=Q+ Ka7 43.e8=Q c5 44.Qhf6

Game_Position_3 copy

{White now has four queens and two rooks against Black’s sole queen. With mate coming Black decided to resign. Note White’s original Queen on d1 and Rooks on a1 and h1 never made a single move in the game. White’s pawns did most of the work!} 1-0

 

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