Developing the Initiative
La Roda 2016.3.23 gm Lopez Martinez, Josep Manuel– (2000)Marina De La Torre, Ivan. A sharp position, featuring a race between White’s pawn advance on the Kingside and Black’s pawn attack on the opposite side of the board. In positions like this timing is everything: who ever gets there first wins! (The last moves were 16.f5 b4)
It is too late for 17…g6: 18.Qh4! Kh8 19.Re3! Rg8 20.QxP+!
Black resigns! Taking the Bishop or not, White’s next move is 19.Qh4(+) and mate can not be stopped for very long. That is the thing about races: once you get into one, it is too late to back out!
The Hammer of Thor
San Sebastian Open 2016.3.20 (1983) Jordana Vargas, Julio–fm (2348)Aabling-Thomsen, Jakob. Position after White’s 20.Nf3. Black has an ideal attacking position, White having incorrectly exchanged his King Bishop earlier…now it is time to pay the consequences!
BLACK TO PLAY AND CRUSH!