Master Moves #24

3/22/2012 – 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 are from the Schachbundesliga and the Reykjavik Open. Rise to the challenge and rake in the rewards!

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Master Moves #24

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 are from the Schachbundesliga and the Reykjavik Open.

Position 1 - Navara-Goodger








White to play and win.

Position 2 - Thorhallsson-Loftsson








Surrounded by his pieces and pawns, Black's king looks ok, doesn't it?
White to play and win.

Position 3 - Dukaczewski-Ziska








She can run, but she can't hide... Black to play and win.

Position 4 - Arngrimsson-Thorsteinsson








Black took on b2 and was promptly punished.
White to play and win.

Position 5 - Bischoff-Ghaem Maghami








The Iranian GM missed a chance to decide the game in his favor.
Can you do better? Black to play and win.

Position 6 - Kjartansson-Stefansson








Black to play and win.

Position 7 - Dunn-Gunnarsson








The trick is in seeing the idea. White to play and win.

Position 8 - Steingrimsson-Perez








A superb combination. White to play and win.

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