SPRAGGETT ON CHESS
From the Continental in Bolívia this week. Black had just played 27…Qb8, attacking the White Rook. This is a serious error! White now has the opportunity to score the full point…
WHITE TO PLAY AND WIN!
Also from Bolivia! Position after White’s 25th move (25.g3–luft!). The position is about even, but with a lot of fight still left, especially because of the asymmetry (B vs N and unbalance pawn structure). Here Black should probably also create luft…
INSTEAD, Black played 25…Bxd4??
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Bolívia. Black has an obvious advantage with his active pieces and strong passed d-pawn. Hidden in the position is a tactic that I exploited often when I was first playing chess in highschool!
BLACK TO PLAY AND WIN!—————————————WEAK BACK-RANK!gm ZAMBRANA,Osw
Bolívia once more! Black, struggling down an exchange, must also watch out for a Kingside attack. For this reason he just played 29…Qf4, covering h6. If now 30.g3, then 30…Qf5 and Black is holding on, atleast for a while.
WHITE TO PLAY AND WIN BY FORCE!
From yesterday’s round of the European Individual Championships in Poland. Position after 27 moves. Who would have thought that the game would end in just a few moves?
Black is solid enough, but White has a strong concentration of pieces in the centre, each with easy entry into the Black Kingside. Especially, note the White Rook on the 3rd rank…always a useful attacking avenue. BUT most important is the weakness on f6.
WHITE TO PLAY AND WIN!
MATE IN 3-MOVES!
Poland, the day before yesterday. It is rare that a mate in 3 surprises a grandmaster, but here White is about to be both surprised and mated!
BLACK TO PLAY AND MATE IN 3!
Prasca Sosa, R–Aguilar, A : 28.Nxf5! Now taking the Knight allows 29.Bd5+ and a mate 28…Rd7 There is no good move. 29.Nh6+ 1-0
Mekhitarian, K–Perez Garcia, R : 25… Bxd4?? 26.Nxd4 Rxd4 27.Qe3! 1-0 It is a piece or mate on the first rank!
Molina, J–Salazar, C : 21… Bh3! Ouch 22.e5 Taking the Bishop either gets mate dor lose the Queen. 22…Qh6! 23.Ne1 Bxg2! And White can resign with a clear conscience. The game ended 24.Qxf4 Qxf4 25.Nxg2 Qxe5 26.Re1 Qa5 27.Re7 Kf8 28.Rxb7 Qd2 29.Bh5 Qc1+30.Ne1 Qxe1+ 0-1
Vasquez Schroeder, R–Zambrana, O : 30.Re4!! Taking the Rook allows 31.Qh6+ and 32.Nf6+! leading to mate 30…Qf5 31.Re5! Qf4 32.Rg5! And Black can not save himself. 32… e5 33.Qh6+ Kg8 34.Nxe5 1-0
Cheparinov, I–Tratar, M : 28.Nh5! Taking the Knight allows 29.Qxh5 Kf8 30.Rg3! with an unstoppable attack 28… Qxb4 29.Bc3 Qc5 30.Nf6+ 1-0
Kislinsky,A–Gallagher,J : 26… Qa1+ 0-1 Mate with 27…Nd3+ and 28…Qc3++