SPRAGGETT ON CHESS
POSITION AFTER BLACK’S 21st MOVE (21…a4)
The Dragon variation of the Sicilian Defence! Amazingly, after so many attempts at refuting this provocative opening, it is still alive and many of the world’s top young players such as Carlsen and Nakamura continue to play it from time to time…
HERE, however, things have not gone well for the Black side. White has the open h-file and Black’s counterattack on the other side is still far from dangerous…
Threatening mate with 23.RxB+! KxR (23…Kg7 24.Rh7+!) 24.Bf6+ Kh7 25.Qg5! etc
Black can not play …Kg8 because it is mate as in the previous note
Slippery! Black is hoping for 24.Bh6+ Kg8 25.Bf8!? Bf6! escaping mate
A brilliant move bringing Black back to reality! White threatends, amongst other things, Nf5+ mating.
24…PxB (there is nothing better)
Now the simplest win is 25.Nf5+. Fier played 25.Be7, also completely crushing.
Alexandr Fier ,(right), born in Brazil in 1988, is one of Brazil’s top grandmasters.