“The noblest of ideas have always been protected by warriors.”
― Tom Clancy, The Sum of All Fears
Part I: European Championship (Kosovo)
(Click on each image to find out who is to play and/or win)
A tough game up until White’s last move (34.Rcc2?). Black to play and win!
If Black plays 21…Qh4 then 22.PxP Nxg3 23.Rf4! is unclear; or if 21…PxP+ 22.Nxf2 and White can defend. So it does not seem easy for Black…but look deeper! Black to play and CRUSH!
Black is trying to roll White off the board and has sacrificed a piece to expose the White King. He threatens 25…e4 opening up the way for the Black Queen. If now 25.Ne3 e4 is just crushing, and if 25.Nd2 e4 26.NxN RxN 27.Rd3!) Raf6! is atleast a draw for Black (if White plays perfectly). From the above position, there is a way for White to kill the attack and get a strong advantage. Do you see it!
King in the centre! White to play and CRUSH!
A tough game up until Black’s last move (30…c5?; 30…Rb8 was unclear). Now White to play and win!