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!

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  1. Morgain Le Fey
    December 16th, 2013 at 18:22 | #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. Ray
    December 16th, 2013 at 20:38 | #2

    I wonder which forthcoming disaster you’re referring too… I hope you’re joking :-).

  3. Jacob Aagaard
    December 16th, 2013 at 21:19 | #3

    @Morgain Le Fey

    You are close, but not there yet!

  4. Marc
    December 16th, 2013 at 21:26 | #4

    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…

  5. Marc
    December 16th, 2013 at 21:27 | #5

    Oh… beer enough, Qb8+ seems crushing 🙁

  6. Marc
    December 16th, 2013 at 21:30 | #6

    Holy.. what about Rb7? Looks terrible strong.

  7. Marc
    December 16th, 2013 at 21:31 | #7

    Sorry…. go to bed now 🙁

  8. Morgain Le Fey
    December 16th, 2013 at 22:31 | #8

    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.

  9. Marc
    December 16th, 2013 at 22:33 | #9

    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…

  10. Jacob Aagaard
    December 19th, 2013 at 10:53 | #10

    @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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