“The merit of all things lies in their difficulty.”
― Alexandre Dumas, The Three Musketeers
TCh-CHN 2015.10.28 Wang, Jue vs Ding, Yixin. Position after 27 moves. Both sides have attack, but only the stronger attack will succeed.
WHITE TO PLAY AND FORCE MATE!
TCh-CHN 2015.10.29 Qiu, Mengjie vs Tan, Zhongyi. Position before Black’s 24th move. Here Tan played the imprecise 24…h6 25.Bxf6 BxB 26.Rh3 with a roughly balanced game, which Black eventually won after some mistakes on the part of his opponent. BUT, in the position above, Black has a clear way to get the upper hand. Do you see it?
WHAT IS BLACK’S BEST LINE?
TCh-CHN 2015.10.29 Wang, Chen–Lan, Zilun. Black had just captured the White pawn on f2. No doubt he was in time trouble…
WHITE TO PLAY AND CRUSH!
NICE ATTACKING GAME!
Gao, Rui–Zhou, Jianchao
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 a6 5.Nc3 Qc7 6.Bd3 Nf6 7.f4 d6 8.O-O b5 9.Qe2 Nbd7 10.Kh1 Bb7 11.Bd2 Be7 12.b4!? O-O 13.a4 bxa4 14.Rxa4
An important position in the Khan Sicilian. In a book that I am writing on the Khan Sicilian (from the Black point of view; I hope to have the book published as an e-book sometime in the next few months) I show that the correct way for Black to maintain the balance is 14…Rfc8! The point is that if 15.Bxa6 Nb6! is fine for Black. Interesting play would result from 15.Rfa1 Nb6 16.R4a2 Nc4
BLACK PLAYED LESS PRECISELY:
14…Nb6?! 15.Raa1 Rfc8
Here, with the White Rook on f1, White develops a powerful initiative.
16…Nfd5 17.Nxd5 Bxd5 ( 17…Nxd5 18.c4 )
Black’s nightmare begins
If now 19…exd4 20.Rxf7! Rf8 21.Qh5! game over
20.Bxh7+!Kxh7 21.Qh5+ Kg8 22.Rxf7
The attack is unstoppable.
As good as any, but sets a little trap for White: if now the obvious 23.Rxg7+ KxR 24.Bh6+ Black escapes with 24…Kf6!
Very precise. Black can now resign, but played on some more futile moves: 23…Bg5 24.Rxc7 Bxh6 25.e7 Rfb8 26.Rf1 Re8 27.Qg6 Nc4 28.Rf5 Bxg2+ 29.Qxg2 Ne3 30.Qe4 Nxf5 31.Qxf5 Be3 32.Qd5+ Kh7 33.Rd7 1-0