Despite Black’s best efforts to throw White on the defensive on the Queenside, White has better ideas! His doubled-Rooks and well placed Queen are preparation sufficient for a counter blow on the Kingside. But where? And how?
WHITE TO PLAY AND WIN!
Passed pawns are always tricky business for the defender. Allowing an enemy pawn to advance so deeply into your camp means that you must often be willing to give up an exchange to get rid of it. Here White can now play 29.Na7!? and play would probably continue 29…RxB! 30.PxR Nxc7 31.Rd1! with reasonable chances for White to win. HOWEVER, perhaps White can sell his passed pawn for more!?
WHAT IS WHITE’S BEST PLAY?
1. Vladimir Dvorkovich Mem Taganrog RUS 2015.1.26 Bocharov, Dmitry–Shomoev, Anton: 33.Re6! Qd7 ( 33…fxe6 34.Qxg6+ Kh8 35.Qh6+ Kg8 36.Rxe6 Qxe6 37.Qxe6+ Rf7 38.Qg6+ Rg7 39.Qe8+ Kh7 40.b4! and White will capture most of Black’s little pawns 40… Rxc2 41.Qxh5+ Kg8 42.Qxb5 etc ) 34.Re7 Qd8 ( 34…Qd6 35.R1e6 Qd5 36.Rxg6+ ) 35.R1e6 Rc6 36.Rxf7! 1-0 Black will lose decisive material.
2. Vladimir Dvorkovich Mem Taganrog RUS 2015.1.25 Shimanov, Aleksandr–Smirnov, Pavel: 29.g5! Most precise play 29…Nxg5 ( 29…Bxb5 30.Bxb5 Nd5 31.d7) 30.Na7 Ne6 31.Nxc8 Bxc8 32.Bxb6 1-0 Remember Lasker’s maxim: ‘When you see a good move, wait a moment! Perhaps there is an even better move!’