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   zb2cr has kibitzed 2535 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Feb-19-18 B Jeran vs D Cawdery, 2017 (replies)
zb2cr: Black starts out here by being down a Knight for 2 Pawns. The sequence is easy to see: 20. ... Qxh2+; 21. Kxh2(forced), Nf3+; 22. Kg3, Nxd2. Now, Black has forked White's Rooks and will end the combination up by the exchange and 2 Pawns.
   Feb-13-18 A Kovchan vs A Volokitin, 2015
zb2cr: Black is in need of a brisk solution--White is threatening mate in three after Qf7+. So Black must deliver check. This cuts down the choices radically. 34. ... Qxf4+ is the move. Since the White Queen also is attacked, White is forced to play 35. Qxf4. Then, Black uncorks 35. ... Rf8.
   Feb-12-18 Blackburne vs NN, 1898 (replies)
zb2cr: 30. Rxb6+ and Black has two options: 31. ... axb6+; 32. Qxb6#. 31. ... Kc7; 32. Rb7#. As <Phony Benoni> alluded to above, this is a double check, but the important point is that the White Queen at a5 "looks through" the Black King to cover the potential flight square at d8.
   Feb-08-18 Csom vs Yusupov, 1982 (replies)
zb2cr: 41. Rxd4!, exd4; 42. e5, Qg7; 43. e6 and White will recover his Rook with a dominant-looking endgame.
   Feb-05-18 Vidmar vs Euwe, 1929 (replies)
zb2cr: Straightforward. 37. Qf8+, Kxf8 (forced); 38. Rd8#.
   Jan-29-18 Ivanchuk vs N Legky, 1987 (replies)
zb2cr: No Queen sacrifice on this Monday! Instead, a Pawn sacrifice for a mate in 2: 35. h4+, Kxh4; 36. Qh6#.
   Jan-23-18 Hort vs Gligoric, 1971 (replies)
zb2cr: First Tuesday puzzle I have missed in a long while. Did not see the follow-up to 35. ... Qd3+; 36. Rcc2 pointed out by <FSR>, above.
   Jan-22-18 Taimanov vs M Beilin, 1955 (replies)
zb2cr: 29. R1xf4 is in order, since Black is threatening mate. The two obvious responses: 29. ... exf4; 30. Rg7+, Qxg7; 31. Qxg7#. 29. ... Qe1+; 20. Kh2 and White has mate threats at both g7 and f8.
   Jan-16-18 M Vachier-Lagrave vs Anand, 2016 (replies)
zb2cr: Black wins material with 29. ... Rxf3+; 30. Qxf3, Bxd4+; 31. Kxd4, Qxf3. Black is now up by Q+P vs. R+B.
   Jan-15-18 J Trapl vs Jansa, 1987 (replies)
zb2cr: A little bit of a twist her. 33. Rxe7+, Kxe7; 34. Nf5+ forking the Black King and Queen is obvious enough. However, even more important is that for all four of Black's possible replies ( ... Kf8, ... Ke8, ... Kd7, and ... Kd8) White can capture the Queen with check. This frustrates ...
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