Master Moves #9

4/6/2011 – 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. In this edition all the positions are from the 2011 European Championship. Try some of the brain candy.

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Master Moves #9

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 2011 European Championship.

Position 1








Black to play and win.

Position 2








Black played ...c4 to exchange a queenside pawn for e5
but had a rude awakening. White to play and win.

Position 3








White to play and win.

Position 4








The trick is seeing the second move.
White to play and win.

Position 5








Black just played Na4 to force the rook exchange.
White to play and win.

Position 6








White to play and win.

Position 7








Powerful and superb. White to play and win.

Position 8








At first it looks like the obvious doesn't work,
but there is a vicious point that clinches it.
Black to play and win.

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