SPRAGGETT ON CHESS
These exercises below, from actual games played in recent days, are more difficult than usual! But you still have to try to solve them quickly and accurately. Ofcourse! Training is not supposed to be a walk in the park…GOOD LUCK!
From the Budesliga this past weekend! White has temporarily sacrificed his d-pawn and now intends to recapture it , with a small but clear positional advantage. Fortunately for Black, he is fully developed and it is his move! He has no intention of just sitting by and watch White make progress.
HOW CAN BLACK GET A DECISIVE ADVANTAGE?
From Cappelle La Grande just the other day! Black has gambled with a risky middlegame plan and now finds his position shattered and his King exposed to an attack along the long diagonal. White’s extra pawn is irrelevant here.
WHAT IS THE FASTEST WAY FOR WHITE TO WIN?
From Reykjavik just the other day. A very interesting and complex game! White is playing for an all out attack, having sacrificed his entire Queenside…Navara has already turned down several forced draws and wants the full point.
Black’s last move (28…e5?) is a terrible slip that should lose. White now returned the favour with 29.h6?, giving Black the game. HOWEVER, in the position above, there is something that both Navara and his opponent overlooked! Do you see it?
HOW CAN WHITE WIN BY FORCE?
From Cappelle the other day. A really nice and powerful display by Gharamian, from the start of the game to the end. Black had just captured a White pawn on d6. This now gives White the well deserved chance to end the game immediately…
WHITE TO PLAY AND WIN!
Grandmaster Tigran Gharamian was born in Yerevan (1984) and presently lives and works in France. Tigran is one of the top players of his generation.
Farago, I–Balogh, C: 23… Nxe4!! 24.fxe4 Rxe4 The pin of the Knight on e3 is decisive 25.Rxd3 Ne5 26.c5 Qxc5 27.Rd5 Qc3 28.Rdd1 Ng4 29.Nf1 Rxe1 30.Qxg4 Qc5+ 31.Nf2 R8e2 32.Rd4 Rxf2 33.Kxf2 f5 0-1
Azarov,S–Wirig,A: White won with the precise 35.Bd5! Re7 36.Qh8 Bc7?! Black is lost in any case. 37.Qa8+ Kb6 38.Rb1+ 1-0
Navara, David–Amin, Bassem: White has an unstoppable attack after 29.Nf5! Qe6 30.hxg6 hxg6 31.Be4!! when there is no defence to Qh6