“There are only two forces in the world, the sword and the spirit. In the long run the sword will always be conquered by the spirit.” – Napoleon Bonaparte
Part I: French Team Championship (Top-12)
Bacrot-Sokolov,A. Yesterday. Black had just played 14…Ng4. White retreated his Bishop, 15.Bd2. My question is what is wrong with 15.RxN.
Brochet-Vaisser. Yesterday. White had just played 18.RxB(e5). Black now played 18…PxB 19.Rxg5 Qf4 20.Qh6! with a large advantage. My question is what is wrong with 18…QxR
Moussard-Marcelin. The day before yesterday. What is wrong with 26.Bxf5
Moussard-Marcelin. White had just played 26.Rxf5, with all sorts of threats on h7. In the game Black got nervous and blundered with 26…g6?? when 27.Rfg5! followed by a blow out on g6 soon decided the game. From the above position, how can Black calmly defend against White’s attack?
(The positions on the left are odd-numbered; those on the right are even-numbered.)
1.) TCh-FRA Top 12 Drancy 2016.6.1 Bacrot, Etienne–Sokolov, Andrei: 15.Rxg4?! would be a mistake because after 15…Rxc3! 16.bxc3 Qc8! Black would gain the upper hand
2.) TCh-FRA Top 12 Drancy 2016.6.1 Brochet, Philippe–Vaisser, Anatoly: White’s attack is all bluff, though in practice it is often not so easy to call this bluff. Black can get a decisive advantage with 18…Qxe5! then if 19.f4 Ne4! (The only good move) Black stops White in his tracks. While if 19.Nf3 Qd5! 20.Bxf6 ( 20.Rd1 hxg5! 21.Bh7+ Nxh7 22.Rxd5 g4!!) Qxd3 and White is busted.
3.) TCh-FRA Top 12 Drancy 2016.5.31 Moussard, Jules–Marcelin, Cyril: 26.Bxf5 Re1+!! 27.Rxe1 (27.Kc2 Qxf5+ 28.Rxf5 Bxf5+ 29.Qxf5 Rxg1 and Black is not the least bit worse) Qxf5+ 28.Qxf5 Bxf5+ 29.Kc1 Kf7 and if anyone is better it is Black!
4.) TCh-FRA Top 12 Drancy 2016.5.31 Moussard, Jules–Marcelin, Cyril: 26.Rxf5 26…Qe7!! One of the finest moves that I have seen in a while. White has nothing decisive and must actually work to avoid being worse! 27.Rxd5! Rxh3! And the game should end in a draw, as the reader will have some fun working out.