16th December

I know the weekend is over, but the level has not significantly dropped. Forgive me, please, I am trying to take your mind of the forthcoming disaster!

10 thoughts on “16th December”

  1. Very difficult – at first glance.

    The direct 1… Bxg2+ 2. Kxg2 Qd5+ 3. Kf1 leads to nothing (maybe perpetual after 3… Nc3 4. Qxc7 Qh1+ 5. Bg1 Qf3+).

    So let’s think about the worst-placed piece (should I’ve really learned something from Grandmaster Preparation – Positional Play?), which is perhaps the Knight on e7. It blocks the 7th rank for the black Rook and has no real prospects.

    Therefore 1… Nc8! looks good. Now the white Queen is attacked and 2… Bxg2+ gains strength – that should be decisive.

  2. Hmm… Being enough delighted by German beer, I’d like to give a try for Qa8. Honestly I’m somewhat influenced by the Nc8 stuff (which I didn’t reconsidered), so…

  3. Ok, 2… Lxg2+ is only a threat. If the white Queen moves along the b-file or along the 6th rank, 2… Rg7 is better.

  4. Sorry… I couldn’t stand my failure.
    I was referring to the answer 1..Nc8, but at the end, this might be the right solution…
    Qh6 Rg7 (etc.).
    Please forgive my imperfection, I do realize how awesome GM’s, IM’s are…
    I love these exercises, they do train good chess players and do realize “not so good” chess players how much they need to learn…

  5. @Marc
    A 2600 student of mine failed to solve this. Somehow the idea was new to him and he had a bad day (I think).

    The position is very close to a position in the game Dvirnny – Wang Hao, Rhodos 2013. I have moved the white rook to make sure that 1…Nc6 (as Wang Hao played) does not give Black a big advantage.

    The solution is of course 1…Nc8! followed by …Rg7! and White is dead lost on the light squares.

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