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Written by Natalia Pogonina   
Friday, 22 May 2009
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Today we are going to look at a position from the last round of Moscow Open-2009 where I had the white pieces against Marina Romanko and needed at least a draw to win the tournament (see my interview for more details). My opponent decided to put up a fight, so we arrived at the following position (see diagram).

Do you see how to win with White? This problem is easier than the previous one, but still nice and memorable to me. Press "More" to see the solution.


That's how the game began:

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cd 4.Nd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Be2 e5 7.Nb3 Be6 8.0-0 Be7 9.Re1 0-0 10.Bf3 h6 11.Be3 Nbd7 12.a4 b6 13.Nd2 Qc7 14.Nf1 Rac8 15.Ng3 Rfd8 16.Re2 nb8 17.Rd2 Bf8 18.h4 Qb7 19.h5 Be7 20.Nd5 Bd5 21.ed Nbd7 22.Ra3 Re8 23.Qf1 Bf8 24.Ne4 be7 25.Rb3 Ne4 26.Be4 Nc5 27.Bc5 Rc5 28.Qd3 Bg5 29.Rd1 Ra8 30.Qf3 Rc4 31.Qf5 Rb8 32.Rf3 Bf6 33.b3 Rc5 34.Rdd3 Qc7 35.Qh7 Kh8 (see diagram above)

36.Rf6! The position is closed and Black's pieces have no time to rescue its king gf 37.Rf3 Qh6 is also possible, but I prefer the move I made since it offers more opportunities to White Ke7 38.Qh6 Rf8 39.Rf6 after 39.Qf6 Ke8 40.h6 Qe7 41.Qg7 f6 42. Qg6 Qf7 43.Rf6 Qg6 44.Rg6 White has an absolutely won position (see diagram), but I decided not to exchange queens so that to finish the game earlier

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Qd8 [a bit more resistful line: 39..Rg8 40.Bh7 Rg4 (40..Rf9 41.Qg5 Ke8 42.Bg6 fg 43.Re6 Kd7 44.Qe7 Rc8 45.Qf8 Kb7 46.Re7) 41.Bf5 Rg8 42.Be6 fe (42..Rf8 43.Qg7 Ke8 44.h6+-) 43.Re6 Kd8 44.Rd6 Kc8 (44..Ke8 45.Qe6 Kf8 46.Qf6 Ke8 47.Re6 Kd7 48.Re7 Kc8 49.Ke6 Kb7 50.Rc7 Rc7 51.Qg8) 45.Qe6 Kb7 46.Rd7 (see diagram)]

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39..Qd8 (see diagram)

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40.Bf5 (40.Re6! - I was in time trouble and didn't notice this move, although I saw that after 40.Bf5 Black can't take on d5 because of Re6 - what a joke!) 40..Rd5 cutting the knot [40..Rg8 allowed a beautiful finish: 41.Be6! fe 42.Re6 Kf7 43.Rg6! Rg6 44.hg Ke8 45.Qh8 Kd7 46.Qd8 Kd8 47.g7+- since the g-pawn can't be stopped (see diagram) ]

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41.Re6

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P.S. Please let me know whether you liked this game. Was the problem easy, just ok, or hard for you?

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Comments (5)
1. Written by Peter Zhdanov on 00:04 23 2009 .
 
 
Chess viewer
These variations seemed relatively easy to me during the game itself, but while reading this article my mind got overloaded.  
 
We should probably find a chess viewer to make it easier for people to follow the annotations.
 
2. Written by This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it on 14:25 23 2009 .
 
 
weakie
I saw Rxf6 gxf6 Qxh6+ Ke7 Qxf6+ right away, but as a relatively weak player I couldn't work out all the continuations in my head. I am not sure if I would have had the courage to play that move over the board!  
 
thanks, 
 
Roald Euller 
Washington DC
 
3. Written by This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it on 19:17 23 2009 .
 
 
weakie
I missed the epaulette mate, then saw 40 Bf5 but thougth it was just to take away flight squares. 
 
Clever echo finish.
 
4. Written by This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it on 04:53 27 2009 .
 
 
weakie
It is more instructive to solve the puzzles without moving the pieces. Chessviewer is not a ggod idea. Good puzzle and a well played game. I would give it an intermediate strength rating.
 
5. Written by Peter Zhdanov on 07:57 27 2009 .
 
 
weakie
Thanks, Glenn. 
 
Yes, I meant a chess viewer to see the game itself, not to help solve the problem. The combination is indeed not that hard, but still instructive.
 

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