SPRAGGETT ON CHESS
Here is an easy one! From Pavlodar a couple of weeks ago. The key feature here is the open f-file.
BLACK TO PLAY AND WIN!———————————————2.gm Dvoirys
From the same tournament. Black had just played 19…Bd6; 19…d4 was safer, closing the a1-h8 diagonal. Now White has a way to gain an advantage, maybe not winning, but certainly worth pursuing….
WHAT IS WHITE’S BEST COURSE OF PLAY?——————————————————————–3.m Sisabayev
Pavlodar. A wild Sicilian has turned bad for Black, with his Queen offside and his Kingside torn of its pawn protection. Now all of White’s firepower is aimed towards Rome…
WHITE TO PLAY AND WIN!————————————————4.gm Belozerov
Pavlodar. Play had just seen 16…f4! 17.PxP?! Now take a look at Black’s assets: open f-file and powerfully placed Bishops. Don’t let an opportunity pass you by!
BLACK TO PLAY AND GET A WINNING ATTACK!—————————————————————5.Petrukhina
Black had just played the premature 25…e5?!, which opens the game around Black’s King. Too bad, really, because up to then the game was well conducted by Black! Now White can strengthen his attack…
WHITE TO PLAY AND WIN!————————————————-SOLUTIONS:
1. 15…Rxf2! 16.Qc3 Bxe3 17.Bc1 Rf1+ 18.Kxf1 Qf5+ 0-1
2. 20.Nxg7! Kxg7 21.Nh5+ Kf7?? (…Kg6!) 22.Nxf6 1-0
3. 19.Bxh7+! Kxh7 20.Qh5+ Kg8 21.Rxg7+! 1-0
4. 17…Bxf2+! 18.Kxf2 Qxf4+19.Bf3 Bxf3 20.gxf3 Qxh2+ 21.Ke3 Rxf3+! 22.Kxf3 Rf8+ 23.Ke3 Qf4+24.Kd3 Qf3+ 25.Kd4 e5+ 26.Kxe5 Re8+ 27.Kd4 Qe3+ 0-1
5. 26.Rxg6! exf4 27.Qxf4 fxg6 28.Qxf6+ Kg8 29.Ne6! Rf7 30.Qxg6+Rg7 31.Nxg7 Qxg7 32.Qe6+ Qf7 33.Rg1+ Kf8 34.Rf1 1-0