SPRAGGETT ON CHESS
The following game was played in the Serbian Team Cup (link). I like the game because of the little tactical skirmishes that take place. Each time Black tries to get into the game, White uses a tactical resource to take the initiative and steadily better his game. At the same time, Black’s position gets worse.
It is a good example of never relaxing one’s control and maintaining a clear, crisp focus to the very end…
POSITION AFTER 16 MOVES
The Black opening is a bit dubious. There is only one game that I can find in my database with the exact position above. White played inexactly with 17.Re1?! and after 17…Rfe8! there are back rank problems for White! Black is even better!
Essentially refuting Black’s opening concept! At the same time, the Black Kingside becomes an issue…
White regains the piece with the better game. Black has no time to lose and seeks actively to create threats and counterplay….
18…Ne3!? 19.BxN PxB 20.PxB Qd4!?
Black has a multitude of threats, including playing…Nxd3, …e2, or …Qxb2. The reader can verify easily enough that Black would get excellent play after moves such as Rf4 or Kh1. White plays with great energy:
Elegant and simple!
If Black retreats his King then simply 23.Rad1. For example: 23…Rae8 24.QxR! QxR-ch! 25.KxQ RxQ 26. Ke2! with a won Rook and Pawn ending.
Once more the most precise move!
23…RxR 24.g5! Raf8 25.Re1!
25…Kg6!? 26.PxR RxP
Will White fall for the trap: 27.Qxe3 ?? Rf1-ch!! winning the Queen?
Precise to the very end! White won easily. See how in the pgn viewer below!