SPRAGGETT ON CHESS
From Groningen, 1994! This one is for those readers of mine who partied a bit too much last night and would otherwise have difficulty today solving problems!
BLACK TO PLAY AND WIN!—————————————2.Plahuta,Dgm Kogan,A
From Slovenia, 1998! Black had just played 13…Bg7, attacking the White Queen. White’s next move must have come as a very unpleasant surprise because Black immediately resigned!WHITE TO PLAY AND WIN!—————————————-3.Kucera,Pgm Kogan,A
From Czech Republic, 1995! Black had just played 11…c4!?, attacking the Bishop. Black reckoned that White would retreat his Bishop to the less active square e2, as taking the c-pawn would allow Black to win a piece with 12…Qxc3. INSTEAD, Kogan took the pawn:
12.Bxc4! Qxc3!White ”falls” into Black’s trapThere followed:13.Bb3 Qxa1HOW CAN WHITE GET A NEAR DECISIVE ADVANTAGE?——————————————————————–4.gm Kogan,Aim Pinheiro,J
From Vienna, 1995! The classic struggle between two-Knights and two-Bishops! Only here the Bishops are still sleeping…a fact that did not escape Kogan’s combinative vision.BLACK TO PLAY AND WIN!