Solution to this morning’s tactic

I worked a little more than ususal since it’s a game I like very much, even though i’m on the losing side. Enjoy.

Berg,E.-Castellanos,R. White to play

Berg,E.-Castellanos,R. White to play

I remember when I played this game I felt my position was bad, basically black is not developed, his king in stuck in the center and white pieces are all in ideal squares. I had done 9 (!) pawn moves out of 13. violating the basic opening principles. Despite all this, I wasn’t expecting what came after:

14.e5! Of course! Opening lines against the black king, 14.Qxf4 gf5 15.e5! also gives white a strong attack

Position after 14.e5!

Position after 14.e5!

14…dxe5 15.Bb5+! axb5 (alternatives can’t even be considered) 16.Nxb5 +-

Position after 16.Nxb5 black is hopeless

Position after 16.Nxb5 black is hopeless

I played here 16…Qxc2+ 17.Kxc2 Bxf5+ 18.Kc1 Rc8+ 19.Nc3 and resigned a few moves later. In case you haven’t understood yet the desperation that led me to play 16…Qxc2+ let me point out these nice variations: 16…Qb8 17.Qc3 is easy, but 16…Qb8 17.Rxe5+! Qxe5 19.Qe2! is beautiful:

Position after 18.Qe2

Position after 18.Qe2

A very nice attacking game by Emanuel Berg!

Berg

GM Emanuel Berg

Written by (IM) Renier Castellanos

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