“The early bird gets the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese.”
― Willie Nelson
”To bite or not to bite…”
fm Quintin Navarro, Alberto (2362)
Perdiguero Duenas, Jose (2201)
TCh-ESP Div 1 Linares 2015.8.11 Position after 19 moves. Black’s last move, 19…Na6, seems to leave his a-pawn enprise for , apparently, no good reason! Would you take it? Or not?
FORTUNE FAVORS THE BRAVE…
gm Artemiev, Vladislav
gm Motylev, Alexander
68th ch-RUS Chita 2015.8.11 Position after 20 moves. White had earlier made a speculative piece sacrifice inorder to open the Black King position, and perhaps Black had underestimated the danger in the position. In any case, in the position above, Black had only considered 20.Ne4 Be7! (when Black is fine)
WHITE TO PLAY AND CRUSH!
”To bite or not to bite…” (Pt-2)
fm Martynov, Pavel (2234)
gm Jumabayev, Rinat
Riga Tech Open A 2015.8.11 Position before Black’s 19th move. Again, the reader must decide whether to take the b-pawn or not!
HOW ARE YOU SCORING TODAY?
TCh-ESP Div 1 Linares 2015.8.11 Perdiguero Duenas, Jose–Quintin Navarro, Alberto: You would be advised NOT to take the pawn. In the game White took the bait and paid a high price: 20.Qxa5? Qe7! 21.Raa1 Nb4 0-1 A bit premature, but White loses atleast an exchange.
68th ch-RUS Chita 2015.8.11 Artemiev, Vladislav–Motylev, Alexander: 21.Rxd4!! Bh2+!? ( or 21…cxd4 22.Qxe6+ Kg7 23.Nd5 Bh2+ (23…Nxd5 24.Bxd8 Rxd8 25.Qg4+ Kf7 26.Qxd4) 24.Kh1! Qxd5 25.Bxf6+ Kg6 26.Qxd5 and the win is easy with three connected passed pawns) 22.Kxh2 Qxd4 23.Qxe6+ Kg7 24.Ne2!! Here Black resigned realizing that he is helpless against the the Knight joining the attack: 24… Qb2 25.Qe7+ Kg6 26.Bc1 followed by Nf4+ etc. 0-1
Riga Tech Open A 2015.8.11 Jumabayev, Rinat–Martynov, Pavel: Once more, better to decline the invitation: 19…Nxb2? (This is actually what happened in the game!) 20.Rd2 Nc4 21.Ne4!! The trap behind White’s ‘gift’ on b2! 21… Nxd2 22.Ng5 Nxf3+ 23.exf3 1-0 It is mate