Monday, 7 September 2009


One of the 'stock' tactical tricks I learnt when I first started studying chess was how to sneak the queen into g6. Normally this depended upon White having a bishop pinning the f pawn (otherwise fxg6 is embarrassing) as well as a knight on g5 to support the mate threat on h7. I'm not sure I've ever played it in a long time control game, but I've certainly used it in the odd blitz game or two.
Here is a text book example of the tactical idea in practice from a recent European open.

Grigoriants,S RUS (2564) - Mestre Bellido,H (2292) [C78]
XI Sants Open Barcelona ESP (5), 25.08.2009

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0-0 b5 6.Bb3 Bc5 7.c3 0-0 8.d4 Bb6 9.dxe5 Nxe4 10.Bd5 Nc5 11.Nbd2 Bb7 12.Ne4 Ne6 13.Bg5 Nxg5 14.Nfxg5 h6 15.Qh5 Qe7 (D)
16.Qg6 1-0

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