SPRAGGETT ON CHESS
From the Karpov International tournament. Position after White’s 31st move (31.Rd1). White is in sad shape! His pieces have no good squares and even less coordination. He can only wait for the axe to swing…
WHAT IS BLACK’S FASTEST WAY TO PUT WHITE OUT OF HIS MISERY?———————————————2.gm NAKAMURAgm MAMEDYAROV
From the London tournament taking place right now. Position after 36 moves. The strong passed pawn on d7 says it all: Black is busted! But White must be careful because the resourceful American champion has escaped from worse positions…
WHITE TO PLAY AND WIN!——————————————-3.JENCSTERBA
From a tournament in Klatovy, 2007. Position after 39 moves. Black has just given a check on c1. The position is quite remarkable! Though an exchange up, White King finds itself in orbit, floating around, having to be VERY careful not to get mated! For instance, the plausible 40.Qe3? gets mated by force after 40…h6! 41.Kg6 Qc8! and there is no way out. No better would be 41.Kf4 Qf1!WHITE TO PLAY! HOW CAN HE WIN?Hint: it is not a Rook move!