SPRAGGETT ON CHESS
These two positions below are from games played in today’s round of the Women’s World Cup in Khanty-Mansiysk. Each contains a brilliant tactical solution. Good luck!
gm KoneruPosition after White’s 28th move (28.Rb4) Black has a very strong passed pawn on c2. In such situations it is not uncommon for tactical explosions to occur.
BLACK TO PLAY AND GET A DECISIVE ADVANTAGE!
Degree of difficulty: 5/10
Position after 23 moves. Here Black has not one but two strong passed pawns…BUT it will do her no good as Black’s King is wide open and exposed to attack.
WHITE TO PLAY AND WIN!
Degree of difficulty: 5/1024.Rb6!!
threatening to take on a6. 24…Ka7
forced 25.Bxd6! Kxb6
(25…c2loses to 26.Rxa6+ Qxa6 27.Re7+ etc) 26.Rb1+! Ka7 27.Qxd4+ Ka8 28.Qd5+ 1-0
It is forced mate after 28…Ka7 29.Bc5 etc