“Don’t live the same year 75 times and call it a life.”
― Robin Sharma
Take my Queen, PLEASE!
This is from a 5-minute game, played several weeks ago, and sent to me by Sid Belzberg (Thankyou, Sid!) Possibly Sid is Black here. Position before Black’s 27th move. It looks as though White is going to win the Bishop on e7. Possibly White was hoping for 27…Qc5 when 28.NxB+ Kh8 29.Ng6+! etc, winning easily. Black’s next move must have come as a BIG surprise…
Black finds a brilliant counter attack, using his doubled-passed pawns as leverage. Taking the Queen immediately would allow the pawns to advance unstopped: 28.Rxe3 fxe3 29.Nd4 e2 30.Nxe2 fxe2 31.Re1 Rf1 32.Rxf1 e1=Q etc. Should White not take the Queen, then he still has to deal with Black’s threat of …QxR!
Hoping for Q-retreats, when Qxf3 still keeps White alive.
A brutal move that finally forces White to take the Queen! The game soon ended once the pawns advanced. The final moves were: 29.Rxe3 fxe3 30.Nd4 e2 31.Qh1 exd1=Q 32.Qxd1 0-1 BRILLIANT!
MORE PASSED PAWN HORRORS!
Groningen Open, 21-12-2014 Position after White’s 34th move (34.Ke2) White obviously has the better chances; Bishop vs Knight in an open position; plus Black must be careful as most of his pawns are on the same colour as White’s Bishop! On top of this, White threatens to march his King over to b6.
All this creates real problems for Black, but even so, he can resist with stubborn and precise play. He should put his Knight on d6 and then his King on d7. Even though the White King will go to b6, making progress is not so easy. And if in the end, Black loses, then he can recall Lasker’s famous words: ”All is lost save honor!”
HOWEVER, not getting his defensive priorities straight, Black decided to stop the White King from penetrating…
Not allowing Black to play …b6
All part of Black’s planned setup, but now White demonstrates why this setup is wrong…
Decisive! Black can not prevent White’s next move. The game continued 36…Kf6 37.Bxb7!!
1-0! The Bishop can not be taken as the a-pawn will make a touch down; not taking the Bishop also gives White an easy win.
Merkesvik, Sondre (2218)
gm Cramling, Pia
44th Rilton Cup 2014.12.28 Position after 12 moves. Black has played the opening badly and is now counting on tactical themes (the pinned Knight to the Rook on h5) to hold things together. There is a surprise in store…moral of the story: rely on good moves and chess principles; not tricks!
WHITE TO PLAY AND CRUSH!
gm Turov, Maxim
gm Grandelius, Nils
44th Rilton Cup 2014.12.30 Position after 14 moves of play. A game between two grandmasters where Black took a calculated risk and delayed castling…
WHITE TO PLAY AND CRUSH!
gm So, Wesley
North American Open Las Vegas 2014.12.27 Position after 16 moves. Black’s position seems quite ok, but he overlooked a tactical shot that brings out the negative aspects of his game all at once. Do you see the idea?
WHAT IS WHITE’S BEST MOVE?
44th Rilton Cup 2014.12.28 Cramling, Pia–Merkesvik, Sondre: 13.Nxf7! 1-0 Black overlooked that 13…QxR 14.Qxe6 is mate!
44th Rilton Cup 2014.12.30 Grandelius, Nils–Turov, Maxim: 15.Nxe6!! fxe6 16.e5! A nice combinational concept, typical of Sicilian defence setups. White will catch the King: 16… Bxg2 17.exf6! Bb7 18.Rxe6+ Kf7 19.fxg7 Bxg7 20.Qg4 Qd8 21.Rae1! Black is defenceless. The game soon ended 21… Bf8 22.Bg5 Qd4 23.Re7+ Bxe7 24.Qe6+ 1-0
North American Open Las Vegas 2014.12.27 So, Wesley–Yermolinsky, Alex: 17.b4! The Queen can not take the pawn because of Rb1. 17…cxb4 18.Bc7 The point 18… Qb5 19.Bxd8 Rxd8 20.Qc7 Re8?! 21.Bd3! 1-0 A bit premature, but after 21…QxN 22.Qxb7 Rf8 (what else?) 23.Bb5! and Bc6 when Black’s position falls apart. Yermolinsky decided to save his energy for the next game!