Playing for Squares

As I mentioned earlier this week, I tallied 3.5/6 at the National Chess Congress last weekend, and for today’s post, I wanted to share a fun tactic from my second win. In this game, I was slightly worse for a significant portion of the middle game, but I opponent (rated 2100) gave me an out after playing Rg8-d8. See if you can find Black’s saving grace and win the game!

Ferrariz–Steincamp (2014 National Chess Congress)

Black to move and win

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Answer:

1… Qg3! My opponent’s dark squares are very weak, so I need to fight to control them. Here the idea is Re6-e1+ winning material. The game followed 2. Qd1+ Kh4 Not 2… Kg6? because 3. Rg8+ Kf7 4. Qd7+ and White can force three move repetition after 4…Re7 5. Qd5+ Re6 6. Qd7+ = 3. Rd4+ f5 4. Qf1 Re1 5. Rxf5+ Kh5! and the king is untouchable. White played on for a couple of moves, but the game was lost.

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