Master Moves #7

3/6/2011 – 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 Women's FIDE Grand Prix and Cappelle-La-Grande. One move was worthy of Marshall!

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Master Moves #7

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 final rounds of the Women's FIDE Grand Prix in Qatar and the 27th Cappelle-La-Grande Open, representing shots both played and missed. The last two are harder than the rest (for a human). There is a link to the answers at the bottom.

Position 1








Black to play and win.

Position 2








White to play and win.

Position 3








This move would make Marshall proud. White to play and win.

Position 4








Sometimes we'd like to do it all, but can't. White to play and win.

Position 5








Not often you get double double attacks. And no I do not stammer.
White to play and win.

Position 6








Lovely exploitation of the king on h1. Black to play and win.

Position 7








A masterful attacking sequence. White to play and win.

Position 8








Munguntuul came within an inch of the tournament beauty
prize, but failed to see it through to the end.
Can you do better? White to play and win.

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