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La partida del día

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Position of the day

Analyzing my own games, I found this interesting position from my game against the Grandmaster Stefan Djuric (Serbia) that we played in the second round of an Open in Nebrodi, Sicily. White has been pressing through the entire game, but I tried to make things as difficult as possible for him. My last move 33…Ra4! is threatening to trade his active rook and ease the pressure on my king. There is plenty to analyze here, if you enjoy studying puzzles or solving middlegame problems here is one for you:

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White to play, find the strongest continuation:
Djuric,S – Castellanos,R
Nebrodi 2015Djuric-Castellanosr5k1/4pp2/3p1npQ/3P1P2/r1R5/6P1/q4P2/3R1BK1 w – – 0 33

Solution will be posted in a few days. Feel free to comment your thoughts.

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Endgame Puzzle

WIM Raluca Sgircea

WIM Raluca Sgircea

Today I won this position with the black pieces. At first sight it looks like black is winning, but white has an incredible resource. Can you find it?

Astazi am castigat cu negru pozitia din diagrama de mai jos. La prima vedere, pare ca pozitia negrului este castigata, insa albul are o resursa incredibila pentru a se apara. O puteti gasi?

Apostoae, L - Sgircea, R, Romanian Team Championship, Mamaia 2015 White to play and draw

Apostoae, L – Sgircea, R, Romanian Team Championship, Mamaia 2015
White to play and draw


Solution:

1. Rf6! In order to save the game, white needs to keep the black king cut and advance the passed pawn. 1… a4  2. e6 – a3  3. e7 – a2  4. Ra6! A nice little tactical trick to force the draw.

1. Tf6! Pentru a salva partida, albul trebuie sa tina regele negru taiat si sa isi avanseze propriul pion liber. 1… a4  2. e6 – a3  3. e7 – a2  4.Read more

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Active Defense

The other day I was analyzing the recently game played in the Russian Team Championship between Grandmasters Nepomniachtchi and Sjugirov and one variation caught my eye, so I decided to share it with you. The game was a Najdorf Sicilian, namely the Adams Attack, where both sides have been fighting to mate each other’s king. After 27 moves, the game reached the following position:

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GM Nepomniachtchi, I (2714) – GM Sjugirov, S (2669), TCh-RUS Men, Sochi, 2015

In this position, black played 27…Be8, allowing white to play 28. h5, followed by g6. The game ended with a beautiful queen sacrifice by Nepomniachtchi. If you haven’t already seen the game, I recommend you replay it and try to find the final blow.

Having seen what happened in the game, I wondered if black could have played 27… g6 instead of 27…Be8 in this position. The variation I looked into looks like this: 27… g6 28.Read more

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