PokerStars Isle of Man Masters just yesterday. Black has played an unusual opening, but because of the blocked nature of the position he has been able (so far) to get away with not castling. HOWEVER, his last move (capturing on e5 with his Knight instead of the pawn) changes everything…Timman finds a way to opening things up to his advantage!
WHITE TO PLAY AND CRUSH!
16th Karpov Poikovsky 2015.10.7, also yesterday. Black had just made a small but serious error (19…Bc7, instead of 19…Be7), giving White a tactical possibility that was not in the position before Shirov’s last move.
HOW CAN WHITE WIN ATLEAST A PAWN?
PokerStars Isle of Man Masters Douglas 2015.10.7 Timman, J-Daulyte, D: 17.Qa4+! Ned7 (ofcourse after 17…Qd7 18.Bxf6 follows) 18.Re3!! The whole point. Black’s position collapses as there is no good way to prevent the decisve opening of the e-file. The ended quickly: 18… Be7 19.e5! 1-0 Trust me, resignation is NOT premature!
16th Karpov Poikovsky 2015.10.7 Smirin, Ilia–Shirov, Alexei: 20.Rxb4!! Shirov had failed to notice that ater 20…Nxb4 21.Bd4 Qe6 22.Qg4 g6 23.Nh6 is mate! ) Rattled by his oversight, Shirov even loses more quickly than normal: 20…Ba8 21.Rc4 Rce8 22.Qg4 Bxa5?! 23.e5 dxe5 ( 23…Qg6 24.Qxg6 hxg6 25.Nxd6 ) 24.Bxc6 1-0