SPRAGGETT ON CHESS
From the 29th Cappelle La Grande Open which is taking place right now! Here Black had just played the trappy 20…Na5!? Clearly the Rook can not take the Knight, and Black intends , after the Queen moves, to capture the Bishop on e2, with threats.
OFCOURSE, it is important not to lose objectivity during the game, and here Black forgets that White can also play strong moves!
WHITE TO PLAY AND IMMEDIATELY GET A DECISIVE ADVANTAGE!——————————————————2.im/wgm Guramishvili
From this year’s Reykjavik Open! Opposite side castling with both sides having lined up considerable fire-power against the opposing King. Fortunately for Black, it is his move. Fire away!
BLACK TO PLAY AND WIN!
From this weekend’s 4NCL team championship in England! White has a beautifully coordinated position, while Black’s pieces seem to have been caugh off guard. White can profit from this temporary lack of harmony and win a piece!
WHITE TO PLAY AND WIN!
Also from this weekend’s 4NCL! Here Black has just completed his development with 16…Nd7. However, White has strategically lined up his Bishops towards the Black monarch. Now it is time to strike!
WHITE TO PLAY AND WIN BRILLIANTLY!
Sjugirov, S–Massoni, M: 21.Qxf7+ !! and Black resigned! After 21… Kxf7 22.Ng5+ Kg8 23.Nxe4 Rxe4 24.Bd3 White emerges a piece up.
Gretarsson, H–Guramishvili, S: Black won with 22…Bxf2+ !! 23.Kxf2 Rd4! Now if 24.Qf5 Ng4+ 25.Kg1 ( 25.Kf3 Rxh4! 26.gxh4 Rf4+ etc) 25…Qxg3 and White gets mated. The game continued with the desperate 24.Qxd4 Nxd4 25.Bh3+ Kb8 26.Nxb4 but after 26… Ka7 Black consolidated and won easily.
Smerdon, D–Croad, N: White struck with 30.Re5! threatening to win a piece with NxB 30… Rxc3 desparate but there is nothing better and now White shifted gears with 31.Rxh5+!! Kg8 32.Qh6! and Black gets mated!: 32… gxh5 33.Qh7+ Kf8 34.Qh8# 1-0
Ward, C–Povah, N: 17.Bxh6! g6!? ( Taking the Bishop loses slowly and painfully: 17…gxh6 18.Qg4+ Kh8 19.Qh4 Kg7 20.Rxd7 Bxd7 21.Qf6+ Kg8 22.Qxh6 f5 23.exf6 Rf7 24.Qg5+ Kh8 25.Bg6 Raf8 26.Rd1 e5 27.Qh5+ Kg8 28.Bxf7+ Rxf7 29.Rxd7 etc )18.Rxd7!! Classy! 18… Bxd7 and now the fastest way to win is 19.Qg4! (Chris played 19.Qf3, which is good enough also) 19… Kh7 ( 19…Be8 20.Qf4 f5 21.exf6 e5 22.Qxc4+ Rf7 23.Bxg6 ) 20.Bg5! f5 21.exf6 Be8 22.Qh5+ etc