Master Moves #17

12/3/2011 – 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 European Team Championship. Bring in the bazookas!

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Master Moves #17

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 shots below were played at the 2011 European Team Championship.

Position 1 - Getz-Mitchell








White to play and win.

Position 2 - Stocek-Starostits








White to play and win.

Position 3 - Shengelia-Sargissian








Black to play and win.

Position 4 - Johannessen-Stocek








Black to play and win.

Position 5 - Morrison-Pantsulaia








It's all about move order. Black to play and win.

Position 6 - Guseinov-Sargissian








Decisive measures are taken. White to play and win.

Position 7 - Young-Szabo








Black to play and win.

Position 8 - Eljanov-Smirin








The combination is not long, but it is easy to be
distracted by the wrong idea. White to play and win.

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