Friday, May 12, 2006
Black to Move
This position could have been right out of TCT. White just played b4. On the surface Black's Bishop and Queen are enprise, which makes his e3 Rook's protection shaky. My hard work paid off as I realized that ..Rxf3+ Ke1 Qf2 was mate. This is one of the sweetest finishes I have had in a long time :-).
White to Move
Here is a instructive little blitz mistake I ran into. I thought "it's just Rxc8 Rxc8 36. Rxa3", right? This leads to ... Rc6 and the loss of a pawn. I didn't see it at the time, but it still looks winning for White. Chessmaster suggested immediately taking with Rxa3! DOH! I sure did not look at that. If Black takes either Rook, White captures the other Black Rook and gets to the back rank, possibly leading to a trade of minor pieces which White actually wants, not to mention it's much harder for Black to get the hanging e6 pawn.
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Oh, by the way, congrats on finding it in the real game. That seems much more difficult than finding it in a tactics drill. Good job!