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TIT FOR TAT!
86th ch-GER Saarbruecken 2015.12.3 Fuellgrabe, Thomas (2258)–gm Bischoff, Klaus. Position before Black’s 28th move. An exchange and a pawn down, White has not enough compensation and is forced to play for tricks. Black should now play 28…Qc6!, adding protection to the e-pawn and taking control of the long diagonal. INSTEAD, Bischoff thought he saw a better move…
It is easy to understand the grandmaster’s thinking: the e-pawn is also defended AND Black has some threats against the f-square. Now if 29. Rf4 (threatening RxN) 29…Re7! 30. Bxe6?! Rxe6 31. Rxf6 Qe1 32. Kg2 Rfxf6! and White has a few useless checks, leaving Black a Rook up.
This surprising move seems to win!
The saving clause! Now the simplest move is…
When Black has nothing better than a perpetual check! This would have been a very original end to the game. HOWEVER, in the actual game White played 30. Kxf2 when after 30…Ng4! 31. Kg1 Nxh6 32. Bxe6 Rxe6 33. Nxe6 Re8 34. Ng5 a roughly equal ending was reached, which Black even managed to win! (Grandmasters have more experience!)