Rome 22/11 – Day 38: Se vedemmo, Roma

Today the sun dawned upon Rome at 6:48 and it will slip below the horizon at 16:59.  Shorter.  Ever shorter.  The Ave Maria is at 17:30. Today is a dies non on the Roman calendar, and so priests do well to celebrate a Requiem Mass.

We are still in the octave during which people can obtain the plenary indulgences.  Though we remember the dead in a special way today, one could take a saint from the Roman Martyrology such as St. Willibrord.

Black to move.

White has a couple of serious threats but is overworked.  Black has options, and the bishop pair and a wicked looking Queen Rook battery.  It is important to move carefully to avoid getting checkmated.   The first move is fairly straight forward, but… then what?

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Thanksgiving might be more pleasant with excellent beer or wine, both made by traditional Benedictine monks.

I leave Rome today.  It has been fruitful.

I would like to return for Holy Week.

Thank you, benefactors.  You’ve had a lot of prayers and Masses here during this sojourn.

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  1. Kentucky Gent says:

    Well, it’s the queen who is overworked, so

    Now bxc3 would be a terrible blunder because of Qb1# checkmate, and Qxc3 loses a piece to 2…Rxf4. So it looks like Nxc3 is forced. (Playing 2.Qe3 looks suicidal for white because of …cxb2+)

    2.Nxc3 Qxb2+
    3.Kd1 and if …Qxa3 black is doing fine, up a pawn. But is there something better? Yes!

    3.Kd1 Bc4 threatening …Qa1+ with devastating effect
    4.Ke1 Rxf4 (because the white queen is still overworked!)
    5.Qxf4 Qxc3+ Black is up 2 minor pieces for a rook.

    If white blocks with the queen:
    6.Qd2 Rb1+
    7.Kf2 (only move) Qxd2+ and it’s hopeless.

    If white dodges the check
    6.Kf2 Rf8 and the white queen is pinned and lost.

    2.Qe3 cxb2+ 3.Kb1 looking better and better, am I right?

  2. Neal says:

    I think
    1. …d5
    opens up some interesting possibilities.

    1. …d5
    2. Bxb8 Bxa3 (threatens checkmate)
    3. Qc3 d4 (threatens/distracts queen)

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