SPRAGGETT ON CHESS
From the Italian Team Championship that got underway just yesterday. The position is characterized by opposite colour bishops and heavy pieces. White’s last move was oblivious to the inherent danger in the position…sometimes the presence of opposite colour bishops can lead you astray!
POSITION AFTER WHITE’S 22nd MOVE (22.Rb7)
BLACK TO PLAY AND WIN!
22.. Rxa7! 23. Rxa7 Rh6! 24. Ra8 Kf7 25. Kg1 Qxh2 26. Kf2 Qxg2 27. Ke3 Rh3 [ Good enough, but here even better is 27… Qg3! 28. Kd4 Qg1 29. Re3 c5 30. Kxc5 Qb1! etc] 28. Kd4 Qg1 29. Re3 Rxe3 [0:1] White will lose the Queen to …c5
WHAT IS WHITE’S BEST CONTINUATION?PARPINELVOCATURO
Also from the Italian Team Championship. The position arose from an Italian Game (!) after 14 moves. There is a Knight dangling on h5…but there is danger involved trying to exploit this. Are you up to the task today? FIND THE MOST INCISIVE CONTINUATION FOR WHITE!
15. Nxe5! dxe5 [ The hard part is to calculate that after 15… Nxe5 16. Qxh5 Bg4 White does not lose his Queen: 17. dxe5 Qe6! 18. Bb3! Bxh5 19. Bxe6 with advantage.] 16. Qxh5 exd4 17. e5! Nxe5?! This only speeds up the inevitable [17… Qg7 18. Ne4±] 18. Ne4 Qg7 19. Bxe5 Qxe5 20. Qxh6 f5 21. Bb3 [1:0]