Taganrog, Russia. 21-01-2015 Position after Black’s 42nd move (42…g6) Ofcourse, White is winning, the Black King wide open. All White has to do is find the best way for his Queen to get over to the Queenside; once done, the advance of the c-pawn will bulldoze its way to victory. For this reason, 43.Qg4! is indicated, followed by Qf3. If Black tries 43…Qe3 (to stop White’s idea) then 44.f5! is very strong. Or if 43…h5 then 44.Qf3 h4 45.c5! wins material, as the reader can easily verify.
INSTEAD, White carelessly rushed things
The right idea (planning to play c5), but overlooking a clever defence that wins for Black!
WHAT DID WHITE OVERLOOK?
Ouch!! The idea is that after 44.exd6 Re3! wins, Black will answer 45.Qd4 with 45…Qxg3+ and 46…Re1+. If White tries to mix things up with 45.Qxe3 Qxe3 46.c5!? trying to get his pawns moving, then Black wins easily enough: 46… Nd5 47.c6 Qd4 48.c7 Nc3! etc.
In the game continuation White fought on bravely with 44.Qa3, but after 44…Rd1 Black won the game in 60 moves. Black is a whole Rook up afterall…
TURN AROUND IS FAIR PLAY!
Ch-Georgia, Tbilisi 15-01-2015 A curious game! Position after 34 moves. Black, threatening mate in one move, has a winning game and is expecting for his opponent to resign at any moment. However, it is not so easy as he thinks…
The only alternative to resigning! Correct now is 35…QxN! and after 36.Qf4 Qxb7! and , with a little patience, Black should eventually win the game. HOWEVER, Black wanted to win quickly and thought he found the way…
The advantage has changed sides! Curiously, if Black is now not lost, then he is VERY close to it! Pawns on the 7th rank can be very dangerous…combined with a weak back rank and there is simply no room for error. Absolutely necessary now is to make luft with 36…h6! and after 37. Nc6 to play 37…Qxb7! and pray!