Master Moves #11

4/27/2011 – All the deepest plans or endgame technique are useless if you fall victim to a shot that leaves you in a lost position. Likewise, sometimes that superior play will only offer a single window of opportunity to deliver that final blow, so it is vital to be ready for it when it does. All the positions are from the 2011 Russian Team Championship. Shirk the shackles of duncedom!

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Master Moves #11

All the deepest plans or endgame technique are useless if you fall victim to a shot that leaves you in a lost position. Likewise, sometimes that superior play will only offer a single window of opportunity to deliver that final blow, so it is vital to be ready for it when it does.

All the positions below are from the 2011 Russian Team Championship.

Position 1








Black to play and win.

Position 2








White to play and win.

Position 3








White to play and win.

Position 4








Take, take-check, moves, take, or...?
White to play and win.

Position 5








Holy pins, Batman! White to play and win.

Position 6








White to play and win.

Position 7








The art of the zwischenzug. White to play and win.

Position 8








It is not hard once you get the idea. Black to play and win.

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