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Sunday, August 30, 2015

Best Combinations of 2015 - Quarterly Chess Tactics – Volume 2

Best Combinations of 2015 - Quarterly Chess Tactics – Volume 2 is now out with over 200 puzzles for you to solve. It is available on Amazon. The Kindle free sample contains dozens of combinations, so you can first practice those positions and see if you like the selection. Volume One was out back in July.

This publication is a collection of over 200 best combinations played by strong chess players in tournaments that took place the second quarter of 2015. To see the solution for the combination - go to the next page in your e-reader. The book is the second in the "Quarterly Chess Tactics" series, which provides instructive tactical positions from the most recent top chess tournaments.
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Quarterly Chess Tactics will allow you to
* Follow the recent games of top grandmasters
* Improve your game
* Study combinations any time and anywhere
* Enjoy a collection of annotated puzzles that you have not seen in any other tactics books
* Maintain regular practice by solving several puzzles every day


In this new series, all the puzzles have been carefully checked to ensure the correctness and uniqueness of solutions, so you can be certain that there is only one winning continuation in each position. This series is a continuation of the Monthly Chess Tactics series from 2014 that included 12 collection of puzzles:

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Chess Puzzle - Kheit, Wahbi - Webb, L.

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Black Counterattacks in the Reti Lasker System – Pressure against f2.

Serov, Maksim - Yevseev, Denis
   2008 , A07

1. Nf3 d5 2. g3 Nf6 3. Bg2 c6 4. b3 Bf5 5. Bb2 e6 6. d3 h6 7. Nbd2 Be7 8. O-O O-O 9. c4 a5 10. a3 Bh7 11. Rc1 Nbd7 12. Rc2 Bd6 13. Qa1 Qe7 14. cxd5 cxd5 15. Nd4 Rfc8 16. Rfc1 Rxc2 17. Rxc2 Bc5 18. Nb5
97
18. ... e5
The central push is possible due to weakness of f2.
19. Rc1
( 19. Nc7 Rc8 20. Nxd5 Nxd5 21. Bxd5 Bxf2+ 22. Kxf2 Rxc2 )
19. ... Rd8 20. Nf3 e4 21. Ne1
98
21. ... Bxf2+! 22. Kh1
( Accepting the sacrifice is also losing because the white pieces are all stuck in the corner on the queenside. 22. Kxf2 exd3 23. Nxd3 Ng4+ 24. Kf1 Bxd3 25. exd3 Qe3 26. Bd4 Nxh2# )
22. ... Ng4 23. h3 Bxg3 24. hxg4 Qh4+ 25. Kg1 Bh2+ 26. Kf1 e3 0-1

Rapport, Richard - Svetushkin, Dmitry
   2013 , A01

1. b3 d5 2. Bb2 Nf6 3. g3 c6 4. Bg2 Bf5 5. Nf3 h6 6. d3 e6 7. Nbd2 Be7 8. O-O O-O 9. c4 Nbd7 10. a3 a5 11. Rc1 Bh7 12. Rc2
99White committed to the queenside piece regrouping so e2-e4 is not in the cards yet. Therefore Black can safely put the bishop on d6 and prepare e5.
12. ... Bd6 13. Qa1 Qe7 14. Nh4
100
14. ... e5 15. cxd5 cxd5 16. Rfc1 e4 17. dxe4 dxe4 18. Nc4
101
18. ... g5 -+ 19. Nxd6 Qxd6 20. Rd1 Qe6 21. Rcd2 Ra6 22. e3 gxh4 23. Bf1 Rb6 24. Bd4 Rc6 25. Bb5 Rd6 26. Kh1 Bg6 27. gxh4 Kh7 28. Rg1 Bh5 29. Rg3 Rg8 30. Bc4 Qf5 31. Qf1 Bf3+ 32. Kg1 Nh5 33. Rc2 Rdg6 34. Bb5 Nxg3 35. fxg3 Ne5 36. Rc5 Rxg3+ 37. hxg3 Rxg3+ 38. Kf2 Bg2+ 39. Kxg3 Bxf1 40. Bxf1 Qf3+ 41. Kh2 Ng4+ 42. Kg1 Qf2+ 0-1

Siegel, Georg - Short, Nigel D
   1981 , A07

1. Nf3 d5 2. g3 Nf6 3. Bg2 c6 4. O-O Bf5 5. d3 e6 6. b3 h6 7. Bb2 Be7 8. Nbd2 O-O 9. c4 Nbd7 10. a3 a5 11. Rc1 Bh7 12. Rc2 Bd6 13. Qa1 Qe7 14. Rfc1 e5 15. cxd5 cxd5 16. Nf1 Rfe8 17. Ne3
102
17. ... Bc5
giving up e5 but going for f2.
18. Nxe5 Bxe3 19. Nxd7 Ng4 20. Rc7
( 20. fxe3 Qxe3+ 21. Kh1 Nf2+ 22. Kg1 Nh3+ 23. Kh1 Qg1+ 24. Rxg1 Nf2# )
20. ... Bxf2+ 21. Kh1 Qxe2
103Each side just goes with their own attack without caring about defence.
22. Bxg7 Bxd3 23. Bh8 d4 24. Nc5 Kxh8 25. Rxf7 Rac8 26. Bf3
104
26. ... Rxc5 27. Bxe2 Rxe2 28. Rxf2
( 28. Rxc5 Be4+ 29. Rf3 Bxf3# )
28. ... Nxf2+ 29. Kg2 Ng4+ 30. Kg1
105
30. ... Ne5
Checkmate is inevitable so White resigned. Quite a bloodbath that seemed unlikely to come out of a calm opening.
0-1




Ilya Smirin's games Vs The French – Delayed Castling, attacking Pawn Chain and so on …

Smirin, Ilia - Bauer, Christian
   2000 , C05

1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nd2 Be7 4. Ngf3 Nf6 5. e5 Nfd7 6. Bd3 c5 7. c3 Nc6 8. O-O a5 9. Re1 cxd4 10. cxd4 Nb6 11. Nb1 Bd7 12. Nc3 a4
110
13. h4 Nb4 14. Bb1 h6 15. h5 Bc6 16. a3 Na6 17. Nh2 Qd7 18. Qg4 Bf8
111
19. f4 Nc4 20. f5
White has to push through on the king side to extend the diagonal for the b1 bishop and free up the a1 rook.
20. ... Nc7 21. Ne2 Na5 22. fxe6 Nxe6 23. Bf5 Nb3 24. Rb1 Bb5 25. Be3 O-O-O 26. Rf1 Kb8 27. Rf2 Qc6 28. Nf3 Be7 29. Rd1 Rhg8 30. Nf4 Ng5
112
31. e6 f6
Now the structure remains very unbalanced with White dominating the kingside and Black - eventually getting through on the queenside.
( 31. ... fxe6 32. Nxe6 Nxe6 33. Bxe6 Rgf8 34. Ne5 would activate White's pieces. )
32. Ng6 Rge8 33. Bf4+ Ka7 34. Nfh4 Bd6 35. Re1 Bxf4 36. Rxf4 Nd2 37. e7 Rb8 38. Qd1 Nc4 39. Bd3 Nxb2 40. Bxb5 Qxb5 41. Qb1 Qb3 42. Rff1 Ne4 43. Rxe4 dxe4 44. Qxe4 Nc4 45. Nf5 Rbc8 46. Rb1 Nd2 47. Rxb3 axb3 48. Qd3 b2 49. d5 Rc1+ 50. Kf2 b1=Q 51. Qxb1 Rxb1 52. d6 Ne4+ 53. Ke2 Rb2+ 54. Ke3 Nc5 55. Nxg7 Rc8 56. e8=Q Rxe8+ 57. Nxe8 Nd7 58. g4 Rb3+ 59. Ke4 Rxa3 60. Ne7 Kb6 61. Kf5 Rf3+ 62. Ke6 Nc5+ 63. Kf7 Kb5 64. Nxf6 Rd3 65. Nf5 Kc6 66. Nxh6 Kxd6 67. g5 Ne6 68. g6 Rh3 69. Nhg4 Ng5+ 70. Kf8 Ne6+ 71. Kg8 Nf4 72. Kh7 Rxh5+ 73. Nxh5 Nxg6 1/2-1/2


Smirin, Ilia - Abbasov, Farid
   2011 , C05

1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nd2 Nf6 4. e5 Nfd7 5. Bd3 c5 6. c3 Nc6 7. Ngf3 g6 8. h4 h6 9. Bb1 b5 10. a3 a5
113
11. Nf1
With the rook supporting the h pawn Smirin delays castling and uses the f1 square to rerout the knight.
11. ... b4 12. axb4 cxb4 13. h5 g5 14. Ne3 Ba6
114
15. Ng1
There goes the second knight.
15. ... Qb6 16. Ne2 Qb5 17. f4 gxf4 18. Nxf4 Rg8 19. Bd3 Qb7
115
20. O-O
With the Black pieces pushed back, White finally castles. The rook now is useful again on the f file.
20. ... Bxd3 21. Nxd3 Qb5 22. Qf3 Rg7 23. Ng4 O-O-O 24. Nxh6 Be7 25. Qh3 Rf8 26. Bd2 b3 27. Rf3 a4 28. Ng4 Rh7 29. Raf1 Nb6 30. Bh6 Rfh8 31. Rxf7 Rxf7 32. Rxf7 a3 33. bxa3 b2 34. Nxb2 Qxb2 35. Bg7 Rh7 36. h6 Qb1+ 37. Rf1 Qe4 38. Nf6 Bxf6 39. exf6 1-0


Smirin, Ilia - Iotov, Valentin
   2008 , C05

1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nd2 Nf6 4. e5 Nfd7 5. c3 c5 6. Bd3 Nc6 7. Ngf3 g6 8. h4 Qb6 9. h5 g5
116
10. Nxg5 cxd4 11. cxd4 Qxd4 12. Ndf3 Qb4+ 13. Bd2 Qe7 14. Nxh7 Ncxe5 15. Nxe5 Nxe5 16. Bb5+ Bd7 17. Bxd7+ Kxd7 18. Qa4+ Nc6 19. Qb5 Kc7 20. Rc1 Rc8
( 20. ... Rxh7 21. Ba5+ Kc8 22. Rxc6+ bxc6 23. Qxc6+ Kb811724. Rh3 +- It turns out the rook is well developed without ever requiring to castle. )
21. Nxf8 Rhxf8
118
22. Rh3 Kb8 23. h6 f6 24. Rg3 Nd4 25. Rxc8+ Rxc8 26. Qd3 Nf5 27. Rh3 Qf7 28. g4 Nd6 29. h7 Rh8 30. Qg3 e5 31. g5 Nf5 32. g6 Qg7 33. Qg4 Ne7 34. Bh6 Qxg6 35. Qxg6 Nxg6 36. Bg7 Rg8 1-0


Smirin, Ilia - Gleizerov, Evgeny
   2008 , C05

1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nd2 Nf6 4. e5 Nfd7 5. Bd3 c5 6. c3 Nc6 7. Ngf3 g6 8. h4 h6 9. Nf1 Qa5
119
10. Ke2
Extravagant but probably possible.
10. ... b5 11. a3 b4 12. cxb4 cxb4 13. Be3 Ba6 14. Bxa6 Qxa6+ 15. Qd3 Qxd3+ 16. Kxd3 bxa3 17. bxa3 Nb6 18. N1d2 1/2-1/2


Smirin, Ilia - Akobian, Varuzhan
   2005 , C05

1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nd2 c5 4. Ngf3 Nf6 5. e5 Nfd7 6. c3 Nc6 7. Bd3 Be7 8. O-O g5 9. dxc5 g4 10. Nd4 Ndxe5 11. Bb5 Bd7 12. N2b3 Rg8 13. Re1 Nc4 14. Bf4 Nxd4 15. Nxd4 Rc8 16. b3 Na3 17. Bd3 Rxc5 18. Bxh7 Rg7 19. Bd3 Rxc3 20. Be5 Bf6 21. Qd2 Bxe5 22. Rxe5 Qc7 23. Rh5 Rg8 24. Rh7 e5 25. Nf5 e4
120White to move
 
 
 
Solution:
26. Qg5
Black king gets punished for staying in the center.
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Instructive wins by Andrei Kharlov in the Alapin Sicilian

Kharlov, Andrei - Zilberman, Yaacov
   1994 , B22

1. e4 c5 2. c3 d5 3. exd5 Qxd5 4. d4 e6 5. Na3 Nf6 6. Nb5 Na6 7. Be3 cxd4
136
8. Qxd4
Offering exchange of queens since Black knight is badly placed on a6.
8. ... Qxd4 9. Bxd4 b6 10. Be2 Bb7 11. Bf3 Bxf3 12. Nxf3 Nd7 13. O-O-O f6 14. Rhe1 e5 15. Be3 Be7 16. Rd5 Nf8 17. Nh4 Ne6 18. Nf5 g6 19. Nxe7 Kxe7
137
20. f4
White maintains initiative despite many exchanges.
20. ... e4 21. Bf2 f5 22. Bh4+ Kf8 23. g3 Kg7 24. Rd7+ Kh6
138
25. b4!
The knight on a6 continues to be shut out of play
25. ... Rhc8 26. Kb2 Nac7 27. Bg5+ Kh5 28. Rxh7+ Kg4 29. Re3 1-0
Kharlov, Andrei - Csom Istvan
   1992 , B22

1. e4 c5 2. c3 d5 3. exd5 Qxd5 4. d4 e6 5. Na3 Nf6 6. Nb5 Na6 7. Be3 cxd4 8. Qxd4 Bc5
135White to move

Solution:
9. Qxc5 Qxc5 10. Bxc5 Nxc5 11. Nc7+ +- Kd8 12. Nxa8 Bd7 13. Nf3 Kc8 14. b4 Na4 15. Ne5 Be8 16. c4 Ne4 17. Bd3 Nec3 18. Kd2 f6 19. Nf3 e5 20. Bf5+ Kb8 21. Rhc1 g6 22. Be6 Ne4+ 23. Ke3 Bc6 24. b5 Nec5 25. bxc6 Nxe6 26. Rab1 b6 27. Nxb6 axb6 28. Rd1 Nc3 29. Rxb6+ Kc7 30. Rb7+ Kxc6 31. Rdd7 Rc8 32. Ra7 Rb8 33. Rd3 Rb2 34. Rxc3 Nf4 35. Nd2 Nxg2+ 36. Ke2 Nf4+ 37. Kd1 1-0


Attack and Defence in the Rare Spanish Opening line

Spassky, Boris V - Taimanov, Mark E
   1955 , C70

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 b5 5. Bb3 Na5 6. Bxf7+ Kxf7 7. Nxe5+ Ke7 8. Qf3 Nf6 9. Nc3
122
9. ... Qe8
Prepares evacuation of the king and covers weak light squares.
10. d4 Bb7 11. Bf4 Kd8 12. O-O-O
123Spassky on the other hand is satisfied with strong center and black king in the center in return for a piece.
12. ... Be7 13. Ng4 Nxg4 14. Qxg4 Qg6 15. Qxg6 hxg6 16. f3 Nc4 17. b3 g5 18. Bg3 Nd6 19. Rhe1 b4 20. Na4 Bc6 21. Nc5 Nb5 22. d5 Bxc5 23. dxc6 d6 24. Rd5 a5 25. Rxg5 a4 26. Kd2 axb3 27. axb3 Ra2 28. e5 Nd4 29. exd6 Rxc2+ 30. Kd1 cxd6 31. Rxg7 Rc3
( 31. ... Ra2! 32. Rd7+ Kc8 33. Ree7 Ra1+ 34. Kd2 Nxb3+ 35. Ke2 Na5 -+ )
32. Bh4+ Kc8 33. Bf6 Rd3+ 34. Kc1 Nxc6 35. Kc2 Rd5 36. h4 Kb8 37. Rg5 Rxg5 38. hxg5 Rh2 39. Re2 Nd4+ 40. Bxd4 Bxd4 41. Kd3 Bc3 42. Ke4 Kc7 43. Kd5 Kd7 44. Ra2 Rh1 45. Ra7+ Ke8 46. f4 Kf8 47. f5 Rh5 48. Ra8+ Ke7 49. Ra7+ 1/2-1/2

Berelovich, Alexander - Ivanov, Andrey A
   1999 , C70

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 b5 5. Bb3 Na5 6. Bxf7+ Kxf7 7. Nxe5+ Ke7 8. d4 Nf6 9. Nc3 Qe8 10. Bg5 Bb7 11. O-O h6 12. Bh4 g5 13. Bg3 Kd8 14. Re1 Be7 15. d5 b4 16. Nb1 Nh5 17. Nd2 Nxg3 18. hxg3 Rf8 19. a3 bxa3 20. Nd3 Bc8 21. b4 Nb7 22. e5 Qf7 23. c4 ~=
124
23. ... a5 24. Rxa3 Rb8 25. Ne4 axb4 26. Ra2 Qg6 27. c5 Qf7 28. e6 Qf5 29. Rd2 dxe6 30. g4 Qh7 31. Ne5 Ra8 32. Qe2 Rf4 33. Qb5 Rxe4 34. Rxe4 Bxc5 35. Re1 Bd6 36. dxe6 Ke7 37. Nc6+ 1-0

Rabar, Braslav - Taimanov, Mark E
   1956 , C70

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 b5 5. Bb3 Na5 6. Bxf7+ Kxf7 7. Nxe5+ Ke7 8. d4 Nf6 9. Qf3 Bb7 10. b4 Nc4 11. Qe2 Nxe5 12. dxe5 Nxe4 13. f3
125
13. ... Ke8!
returning a piece but getting diagonals opened up for the bishop and queen.
14. O-O
( 14. fxe4 Bxb4+ 15. c3 Qh4+ 16. g3 Qxe4 )
14. ... Ng5 15. f4 Ne4 16. Nd2 Nxd2 17. Bxd2 Qh4 18. Rae1 Kd8 19. f5 Bxb4 20. Rf4 Bc5+ 21. Kh1 Qe7 22. Qh5 Bd5 23. e6 c6 24. Rg4 Kc7 25. Bg5 Qe8 26. Bf4+ Kb6 27. Qh4 g6 28. Qg3 dxe6 29. c4 Bxc4 30. Be3 Bxe3 31. Rxc4 Kb7 32. Re4 Bb6 33. Rxe6 Bc7 34. Qf3 Qd7 35. Rd1 Qg7 36. Qxc6+ Kb8 37. Rc1 Rc8 38. f6 Qh6 39. Re7 Qxh2# 0-1

Spiridonov, Nikola - Havansi, Erkki E T
   1961 , C70

1. e4 Nc6 2. Nf3 e5 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 b5 5. Bb3 Na5 6. Bxf7+ Kxf7 7. Nxe5+ Ke7 8. d4 d6 9. Bg5+ Nf6
126
10. f4 Ke8
( 10. ... dxe5 11. fxe5 )
11. O-O Be7 12. Bxf6 Bxf6 13. Nf3 Nc4 14. e5 dxe5 15. fxe5 Bg5 16. Qe2 Bb7 17. Nc3 Ne3 18. Rfe1 Rf8 19. d5 Nxd5 20. Rad1
127
20. ... Be7 21. Qe4 c6 22. Qxh7 Bc5+ 23. Kh1 Qe7 24. Ne4 Kd7 25. Nxc5+ Qxc5 26. Qxg7+ Qe7 27. Qg4+ Qe6 28. Qd4 Rg8 29. b3 Kc7 30. c4 Nb6 31. Qd6+ Qxd6 32. exd6+ Kb8 33. c5 Nd5 34. Ne5 Ka7
128
35. Rxd5 cxd5 36. c6 Bxc6 37. Nxc6+ Kb6 38. Ne7 Rge8 39. d7 Red8 40. Nxd5+ Kc5 41. Nc7 Rxd7 42. Nxa8 Kb4 43. h3 Rd2 44. Ra1 Ka3 45. Nc7 Kb2 46. Rf1 Kxa2 47. Nxa6 Kxb3 48. Nc7 b4 49. Na6 Kc3 50. Rf3+ 1-0

Vitolinsh, Alvis - Zhuravliov, Valerij
Riga Cup   1980 , C70

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 b5 5. Bb3 Na5 6. Bxf7+ Kxf7 7. Nxe5+ Ke7 8. d4 Nf6 9. O-O Qe8 10. Nc3 Kd8 11. Nd5 Bb7 12. Bg5 Bxd5 13. exd5 Be7 14. Re1 Rb8 15. a4 b4 16. c4 h6 17. Bh4 g5 18. Bg3 d6 19. Nd3 Nxc4 20. Rc1 Na5
129White to move

Solution:
21. Nc5 dxc5 22. d6 cxd6 23. dxc5 d5 24. Bxb8 Qc6 25. Bd6 Bxd6 26. cxd6 Qxd6 27. Qc2 Qd7 28. Qc5 Nc4 29. b3 Ne4 30. Qd4 Rh7 31. bxc4 Nc3 32. Qb6+ Qc7 33. Qxb4 d4 34. Qf8+ Kd7 35. Qe8+ Kd6 36. Qe5+ Kc6 37. Qxd4 1-0

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