Part I: European Individual Championship
Europe’s strongest Open tournament.LINK
(Click on the diagrams to find out who plays)
White has won a pawn, but there is a price to pay for his lack of development. Black to play and CRUSH!
In the game White played 33.Rf1, which is not clear at all. Instead, there is a way for White to get a CLEAR advantage. How?
Black has just played 29…Re6, ready to start eating pawns. White must be careful now to avoid getting the worse of things. 30.b5?! is wrong because simply 30…Rxe5 carries out Black’s plan. Instead, how should White proceed, and even get the better chances?
A tough struggle between two strong grandmasters. White’s last move, 23.Rc3, however, gives Black the chance to get a clear advantage. How?
Black had just captured a Knight on d5. How should White capture the Bishop? With the pawn or with the Queen?
In the game White played the attractive 30.Bb4, wanting to win the Queen with Rf8+ (which he succeed in doing, but the game is unclear). Instead, how can White get a large, if not winning, advantage?
Ponomariov is NOT impressed!
A long way to go yet, but a GREAT start!
White to play and CRUSH!
How does White win?