Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Correction to First Edition

In Michael Goeller's entry of November 9, 2006 to The Kenilworthian blog, his note after White's 10th move in Acholonu-West, USATE 1999 [which began 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 f5 4.Nc3 fxe4 5.Nxe4 d5 6.Nxe5 dxe4 7.Qh5+ g6 8.Nxg6 Nf6 9.Qe5+ Kf7 10.Bc4+] reads:
"I unfortunately only have the first edition of West's book, published by Chess Enterprises in 1994, so I don't know the correct line after 10. Nxh8+ Kg7 11.Bg5 when West gives 11...Nc6 12.Bxf6+ Qxf6 13.Qxf6+ Kxf6 14.Bc4 Nxd4 15.O-O-O Ne6 16.Rhe1 Bd6 17.Rxe4 Bd7 18.Rde1 Ng5 19.Rh4 Rxh8 leaving this as '=' when White actually wins with 20.Rh6+ Kf5 (20...Kg7 21.Rxd6 cxd6 22.Re7+) 21.Bd3+. No doubt he has since come up with an improvement."

The position after 19...Rxh8 actually occurred in Reiff-West, New York 1994

when fortunately for me White missed 20.Rh6+ Kg7 21.Rxd6! cxd6 22.Re7+ as pointed out by Goeller. This oversight was corrected in the second edition of my book as follows: 14...Na5 15.Bd5 Bf5 16.g4 c6 17.Bf7 Bxg4 18.Rg1 Be6 unclear.