An oldie but goodie…
Here is a study (1925) by Troitsky that is a bit frustrating at first, but if you persist and eventually get it, then you are guaranteed to feel better for the rest of the day! One hint: if 1.Re1+, Black does not play 1…Kf8? 2.Bh6+ and mate next move, but instead plays 1…Kd7! 2.Re7+ Kc6 and draws!
Lorca International Open 2015.12.28 GM Komljenovic, D– (2083) Donado-Mazarron Gomez, Miguel. Position after White’s super-agressive 12th move (12.g4?). No doubt the grandmaster thought he would make mincemeat of his young, untitled opponent…
HOW DOES BLACK GET A BIG ADVANTAGE?
V Obert Escacs de Nadal Barcelona 2016.1.4 (1800) Marzo Pie, Xavier—(2189) Porta Tovar, Guillem. A sharp position! Both sides stand badly (!), but it is Black’s move and that makes all the difference!
HOW DOES BLACK GET A BIG EDGE?
V Obert Escacs de Nadal Barcelona 2016.1.4 (2242) Tallo Dominguez, Imar—(2119) Ayats Llobera, Gerard. Position after White’s 21st move (21.Re4). A complicated struggle with both sides having to solve problems…Here Black should continue with 21…Qc7!? (removing the Queen from the direct line of the Rook), with mutual chances. INSTEAD, Black continued with
An error that inexperienced younger players often make…as a rule of thumb you should rarely leave your King or Queen in the line of fire of an enemy piece….the Rook almost always wins arm-wrestling with a Queen!
WHITE TO PLAY AND CRUSH!
Troitsky 1925. 1.Rb1! If now 1…QxP then 2.Re1+ wins the Queen for nothing or forces mate. After 1…QxR 2.a8(Q)+ wins the Black Queen or forces mate, as the reader can readily verify for himself.
Lorca International Open 2015.12.28 Komljenovic,D–Donado-Mazarron Gomez, Miguel: 12…Bxg4! 13.Bxg4 Nxg4 14.Bxg7 Qh5! The point of Black’s play. 15.Qe2 Kxg7 Black has emerged with a pawn extra and the better game!
V Obert Escacs de Nadal Barcelona 2016.1.4 (1800) Marzo Pie, Xavier—(2189) Porta Tovar, Guillem: 22…Rxe4! ( 22…Bxf5 23.exf5 is atleast equal for White ) 23.Nxe4 and now (instead of the imprecise 23…Bxf5 that was played in the game-Black won anyway) 23…Qxf5! with a raging initiative.
V Obert Escacs de Nadal Barcelona 2016.1.4 (2242) Tallo Dominguez, Imar—(2119) Ayats Llobera, Gerard: 22.Nxe6! Qc6 23.Nxd8+ Bxd8 24.Rxd5! The whole point 24… Qxd5 25.Rb4+ Kc6 26.Qc3+ Kd6 27.Rd4 etc.