SPRAGGETT ON CHESS
The following examples are taken from games played at the European Club championship in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. Test your tactical skill by trying to solve them! Enjoy!
White had just played a real lemon (11.Qa5??). How did Skripchenko convince her opponent to resign the next move?
GMs Skripchenko (left) and Kosteniuk in a glamour photo shoot from a number of years ago.
This is the position after White’s 20th move (20.Nf5) Black should now probably just retreat the Bishop to f6 with a playable game. Instead, her sense of danger failed her and she played 20…Bxc1??
What move did White play that convinced Black to resign immediately?
White had just played the tricky 16.Qc7!? Imperative now was 16…Bd7 with a complicated and unclear game. INSTEAD, Black played 16…fxg5??
What move did White then play that forced Black to throw in the towel?
POSITION AFTER BLACK’S 28th MOVE
White has a very strong attack but must act with great precision if he is to take advantage of the opportunity presented to him.
29. Be6!! Kg7 Everything else gets mated because of the Qg6ch threat. 30. Bh6 Kh8!?
Now White can get a large advantage by taking the Rook on f8, but Zhigalko wants mate!
31. Bxf7! gxh5
Losing immediately was 31… Rxf7 32. Qxg6 Rh7 33. Bg7 etc
WHITE TO PLAY AND FORCE MATE IN 3 MOVES!
32. Bg7 ch! [1:0]
POSITION AFTER BLACK’S 23rd MOVE
Black’s last move (23…Rd8) completely overlooked White’s threat! What move did the young Grandmaster from Kalmykia play that forced mate in 2 moves?