Today’s 8 examples are all from the Russian Team Championship taking place this week in Sochi. Some of these examples are more challenging than others, but that is what practice is all about: you can not pick and choose! Good luck! (Solutions later today)
White had just played 21.h3?. Black to play and win!
Black has attacking chances, but White is ok. How can he force a draw?
If now 49.Qd4?! Bb1! is unclear. How does White force a win?
What is the simplest way for White to win?
In the game Black played 42…f5+?! 43.KxP Qb1+ 44.Ke6! and the game is unclear. How can Black win easily?
Black to play and win!
What is Black’s strongest attacking line?
Black had just played 22…e5. Is this a good mover or a bad move?
(The examples on the left are odd-numbered; on the right they are even-numbered)
1) TCh-RUS Women Sochi 2016.5.2 Belenkaya, Dina–Kashlinskaya, Alina: 21…Nxf2! (The point is 22.KxN RxN+! Followed by a Knight fork) 22.Re1 Ncd3! 23.Ba3 Qc6 Black has not just an extra pawn but also a winning attack. The game concluded: 24.Re3 Qg6 25.Kh2 Qg5 26.Re2 Qf4+ 27.g3 Qh6 28.Bc1 Qc6 29.Ne4 Nxe4 30.Qc2 Nef2 0-1
3) TCh-RUS Men Sochi 2016.5.2 Sjugirov, Sanan–Svidler, Peter: 49.Bd4!! ( Curiously, White’s King is safer than Black’s!) 49…Qxd3+ 50.Kb2 Kg6 forced 51.Qxg7+ Kh5 52.Qe5+ Kg4 53.Qf5+ Kg3 54.Be5+ Kg2 55.Qg4+ Kf1 56.Qf4+ Ke2 57.Qh2+ Kd1 58.Qh5+ 1-0 Svidler is going to lose his Bishop, as the readers can easily verify.
5) TCh-RUS Women Sochi 2016.5.2 Khazieva, Elza–Borisova, Ekaterina: 42…h5+! 43.Kf5 (43.Kxh5 Qb1! 44.Kg4 Qg6+ 45.Kh3 Ng1+ ) Qb1+ 44.Qe4 g6+ winning the Queen and mating in two moves to boot!
6) TCh-RUS Women Sochi 2016.5.1 Lagno, Kateryna–Goryachkina, Aleksandra: 28…Qd5! Taking up a dominant position. It is remarkable how helpless White is. 29.Nh4 (29.Qd1 does not help: 29…Bxb2 30.BxB NxB and the Knight is lost) 29… Nxf2!! 0-1 White either gets mated or has to give up his pieces to avoid it.
7) TCh-RUS Women Sochi 2016.5.1 Ovod, Evgenija–Maltsevskaya, Aleksandra: 27…e3! 28.Nxe3 Ne4 29.Qc1 f4! 30.gxf4 Rxf4! What follows is x-rated! 31.Ng4 Rxf2+ 32.Kg1 Be5 33.Qe3 Bh2+ 34.Kh1 Ng3+ 0-1 Very nice attacking finish!
8) TCh-RUS Men Sochi 2016.5.2 Dubov, Daniil–Korobov, Anton: 22…e5? Is a blunder. 23.dxe5 Nxe5 24.Bxe5! Rxe5 (An unfortunate necessity. Black had not see that after the expected BxB White has the crushing 25.e4! when 25…PxP loses a piece after 26.RxR and 27.NxB) 25.Nxe5 Bxe5 26.e4 Nd4 27.Qb1 dxe4 28.Qxe4 and White is an Exchange up with the better position. Black managed to reach time control before resigning.