Nepo with nerves of steel

by Oliver Reeh
11/20/2021 – In the diagram position, 14...bxc3! looks dangerous - after 15.Rxc3 White threatens 16.Rxc8+, winning the queen on a5. But Black, World Championship challenger Ian Nepomniachtchi, had a cool surprise in store! Can you find it?

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Oliver Reeh is an International Master, lives in Hamburg, and plays for the "Hamburger Schachklub" in the "Bundesliga". He is a long-time member of the ChessBase team, and regularly entertains and educates readers with his tactic column in the ChessBase Magazine. He is also co-author of the popular DVDs on Bobby Fischer, Mihhail Tal, Alexander Alekhine, and José Raul Capablanca appearing in the ChessBase Master Class Series.
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oxygenes oxygenes 11/23/2021 02:13
@HowardGutman Black can play better 17.- Bxe6 with idea Nb8-d7-e5. But your idea 17.fxe6 can be played 3 moves earlier. 14.fxe6 fxe6 15.0-0 and if black will accept sacrifice 15.- bxc3 16.Rxc3 Ke7 then 17.Rd1 give white winning position.
HowardGutman HowardGutman 11/21/2021 02:22
I don't understand the resignation. 16. Nb3, QD8 17. fxe6, fxe6. 18. oo White is surely worse, but put a computer down as white, versus an IM, and white will grab a couple of point over a number of games.