Master Moves #14

6/28/2011 – 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 Championship - Higher League. Get ready for a rush of Russians!

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Master Moves #14

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 women's and absolute sections of the 2011 Russian Championship - Higher League, qualifying for the Russian Championship Super Final later this year.

Position 1 - Stukopin-Chadaev








Black to play and win.

Position 2 - Tomilova-Zaiatz








Black to play and win.

Position 3 - Savchenko-Goganov








White to play and win.

Position 4 - Romanko-Zaiatz








It sometimes pays to not go all the way. Black to play and win.

Position 5 - Severiukhina-Severina








White to play and win.

Position 6 - Polschikov-Airapetian








It is more than clever, it is winning. Black to play and win.

Position 7 - Drozdova-Bukhteeva








Black to play and win.

Position 8 - Galkin-Alekseev








The key is in the closure. White to play and win.

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