Master Moves #19

12/24/2011 – 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 shots were played at the European Rapid Championship. Raze these rousing positions!

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Master Moves #19

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 European Rapid Championship

Position 1 - Zhigalko-Naiditsch








White thought this won the knight. Black to play and win.

Position 2 - Stoma-Jobava








Black to play and win.

Position 3 - Miton-Sotsky








Simple and elegant. White to play and win.

Position 4 - Shimanov-Naiditsch








Black to play and win.

Position 5 - Romanov-Naiditsch








Even Naiditsch, having a great year, and author of
two of the above wins, can miss a shot.
White to play and win.

Position 6 - Mista-Baumann








Though the idea may seem obvious, Black's pieces
need some encouragement to go where they should.
White to play and win.

Position 7 - Azarov-Karwowski








Strong and precise. White to play and win.

Position 8 - Sjugirov-Shirov








The Russian junior plays a very nice combination
to beat Shirov. White to play and win.

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