Thursday, 14 May 2015

The 30 second chess tactic

Black to play and win
Canberra player Victor Braguine is currently enjoying a bit of a chess holiday in Europe, and has sent me the diagrammed position. He was Black against a higher rated player, and had good chances with an extra piece against two pawns. Almost at the time control he thought for a bit and then swapped queens with Qd4. After that he could not turn his extra piece into a win, and the game was a draw.
But he asks, can you find the winning move (which he missed) in under 60 seconds?
(SP: At my first attempt I spotted the correct move, but then I discarded it, after not finding the correct follow up)

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

1...Nd4

Victor said...

There is a stronger forcing line

Anonymous said...

Rxb2

Victor said...

No.

First Ne3 and then Rxb2, irrespective of which piece (Queen or Rook) takes the Knight on e3. Then checkmate becomes inevitable.
It is just brilliant.