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fm Sanchez Jerez, Emilio (2282)
Gibraltar Masters 2015.1.27 Round 1. Position after 28 moves. The Bulgarian superstar gave a beautiful strategic exhibition against Sanchez’ Kings Indian, finishing with an elegant and precisely played combination.
All of White’s pieces work perfectly together. If now 29…Bxh6 30.Nef5! and there are too many threats, including Re7. The game ended quickly: 29…Qxd6 30.Nf5 Qd7 31.Re6! Ne4 32.Ne7+ Kf7 33.Qh2 1-0
ch-IRAN Mashhad 2015.1.21 Position after White’s 34th move (34.Be2). White has not played well up to now, and has been stubbornly angling for some trick on f5, but Black has not fallen for it. Black should prudently play 34…Qd7 , removing the Queen from any possible danger, and if anyone is better, it is Black! However, not fully appreciating White’s idea behind his last move, he played…
Now White’s patience pays off!
Oops!! Black needs his g-pawn to stop any Nf5+ winning the Queen. Ofcourse, 35…Bf7 is met by 36.Nhf5+ In anycase, probably flustered, the game soon ends
35…Qd7 36.Nxg6 Bf7 37.Nxe5! Qe6 38.Nf5+
And Black threw in the towel in a couple of moves…