“I’m shadowboxing in a match the shadow is always going to win.”
― John F. Kennedy
fm Makhnyov, Denis (2358)
im Ali Marandi, Cemil (2422)
World Junior Khanty-Mansiysk 2015.9.6 Position after 25 moves. Black had just played 24…Qf2, trying (too late) to take the sting out of White’s attack along the g-file…
WHITE TO PLAY AND MATE IN 6 MOVES!
wcm Zhang,Jasmine Haomo (1618)
42nd North Shore Open Auckland NZL 2015.9.20 Position after Black’s 32nd move (32…Qf6). A curious position. Had Black played 32…Bc7 then the game would have been about equal. Now, however, Black is lost!
WHITE TO PLAY AND CRUSH!
42nd North Shore Open Auckland NZL 2015.9.19 Position after White’s 23rd move (23.Bf2; trying to prevent the sacrifice on g3; 23.Rf2! was correct , with a fine game) Isn’t it remarkable how one little imprecision can bring the house down on you!
BLACK TO PLAY AND CRUSH!
World Junior Khanty-Mansiysk 2015.9.6 Ali Marandi,Cemil–Makhnyov,Denis:26.Nh7+ Nxh7 27.Qxg7+ Ke8 28.Qg8+ Nf8 29.Qxf8+! 1-0 Mate follows
42nd North Shore Open Auckland NZL 2015.9.20 Riding,Christopher–Zhang,Jasmine Haomo: 33.Rdf1! (An unusually strong move! Threatens to snare the Queen for a Rook and Bishop with a capture on g6. Unfortunately for Black, there is no good defence.)33… Kh8 (33…Rbe8 34.Bxg6!) 34.Bxg6! Qxg6 35.Qh4+ Kg7 36.Rxg6+ fxg6 37.Qe7+ Kg8 38.Rg1 1-0
42nd North Shore Open Auckland NZL 2015.9.19 Krstev,A–Lyall,Simon: 23…Ng4! (Ouch! If the immediate 24.PxN Be4!) 24.Bxf7+ Kh8 25.fxg4 Be4 0-1