“If he was indeed mad, his delusions were beautifully organized.”
― Arthur C. Clarke, 2001: A Space Odyssey
gm Berkes, Ferenc
Nieves Cabanes, J.M (2180)
Benasque Open Round 2. 2015.7.4 Position after White’s 30th move (30.f4) White was counting on this resource to turn the game around: if now 30…Nc6(?) 31.Bxg7 Kxg7 32.Qb2+ Nc6 33.RxN! or if instead 30…Qxb3 31.QxQ RxQ 32.PxN RxB 33.PxP. BUT (there is almost always a ‘but’ when you play a clearly stronger player!) Black has a surprise in store for White…
BLACK TO PLAY AND CRUSH!
Fernandez Aguilar, Francisco (2100)
im Cruz, Filemon (2402)
Barbera Open 2015.7.4 Position after White’s 24th move (24.Qc5) The story of this game is that White has been outplayed by a much lower rated player and plays one last desperate cheapo in order to win. Ofcourse, Black is better in the above position, the White d-pawn is definitely a liability for White. Black should now just play b6 (defending his attacked a-pawn) and wait for White to offer a draw(!)
INSTEAD, probably short of time (though not necesarily) Black got greedy… I wish I had a nickle for every time someone falls for this trick!
WHITE TO PLAY AND CRUSH!
Benasque 2015.7.4 Nieves Cabanes, Jose Manuel–Berkes, Ferenc: 30…Nxc4! If now 31.bxc4 Rxc3 32.Qe2 Bd4+ 33.Kf1 Qb3! and Black penetrates decisively. The game continued 31.Bxg7 Ne3!! And White resigned as 32.Qd2 Nxd1 when not only will Black emerge with atleast an exchange to the good, but with a raging attack.
Barbera Open 2015.7.4 Cruz, Filemon–Fernandez Aguilar, Francisco:25.Re8+! OUCH!! 1-0 Black can not take the Rook as he leaves his Queen en prise…and after 25…Kg7 26.Qf8+ and 27.RxR White is simply up a Rook for nothing!