Today’s chess tactics! (continued from yesterday)
POSITION AFTER 24 MOVES:
WHITE TO PLAY AND WIN!
A messy middlegame position, so typical of the Winawer. Both sides’ camps are separated by a wall of pawns. White finds an idea, however, that takes full advantage of the excellent posting of his Bishop on the a3 to f8 diagonal.
An inspired sacrifice designed to open up the h-file to get at the Black King. This needed to be calculated deeply as the break-thru still requires some preparation.
25…hxg5 26. hxg5-ch Kg8
White has obvious compensation for the piece, but where is the knock-out blow? The spectators are beginning to wonder if Motylev is just playing poker…
Threatening simply to double Rooks and then infiltrate decisively on h8. There is no escape plan for the Black monarch! If now 27… Rf8 then 28. Rah1 Kf7 29. Qf4-ch and the King can not escape.
A creative try to confuse the issue and buy time for Black. Unfortunately, White’s mind is set firmly on the goal.
SPRAGGETT ON CHESS
Ouch!! There is nothing to do. If now 29… Qxg5-ch 30. Qe3 Rxf2-ch 31. Rxf2 Qxe3-ch 32. Kxe3 Rb8 33. Rfh2 Kf7 34. g5 Black still gets mated! Black threw in the towel! 1-0 A finely calculated finish!
POSITION AFTER WHITE’S 13th MOVE:
AN UNNECESSARY LOSS!
gm WANG HAO
Black is not the least bit worse in this position as Black opens up the position for his Bishop pair…
The White Rook on a3 is also attacked here. Motylev must play with precision to avoid getting the worse of it….
14.Qa4-ch! Qd7 15.QxQ-ch KxQ
Fortunately for White there is a way to avoid losing material
16.Rb3! Kc7 17.Rc3-ch! Kb6 18.Rb3-ch
BLACK TO PLAY AND LOSE!
Here Black can take the draw by repeating position with 18…Kc7
Clearly Wang wants to play for a win, but completely overlooked White’s next move that forces his resignation! Who says there is no luck in chess!
It has to be admitted that it is easy to overlook this amazing move. The move simply wins, as Black is faced with the unpleasant choice of losing a piece or getting mated. 19…BxB allows mate in one move. And 19…KxB allows the Rook lift (mating) with 20.Ke2.
BLACK THREW IN THE TOWEL.
SPRAGGETT ON CHESS