Solution to last diagram.

One week ago I shared in this blog a position from my game against Lubomir Facnik where I missed a huge opportunity to win the game. The position was this:

Ftacnik-CastellanosFtacnik (2597) – Castellanos (2467)
Black to Play

In the game I continued with 50…Nf4?? and after 51.a7 Qf1 52.Qf2 Qh3+ 53.Kg1 black loses since there is no move and white will simply play 54.a8 = Q

However, I could have won the game if I had played 50…Ng5!! the knight cannot be taken because the rook on a2 is hanging and the threat of Nxf3 is not easy to stop. See the next diagram:


White is now lost. There is no defense against Nxf3. For example:

a) 51.Ra3 Qxa6!-+ 52.Rxa6 Nxf3+ 53.Kh3 Nxd2 the endgame seems winning for black.
b) 51.Qe2 Nxf3+ 52.Kg2 Qb3 -+ black has a very strong attack with h4-h3 coming.

It’s been already 9 years since this game was played, therefore it’s hard to draw any conclusions on why I lost this game. I will blame it on the disbelief I had on my own position, it did not allow me to see its full potential and in the end missed this tactical win.

When you don’t believe in your own position (i.e mis evaluating your position, thinking you’re worse when you’re not) you tend to play weak moves. It’s something that has happened to me several times and I will write more about it. This is it for now, have a good weekend! and stay tuned our next post.

Written by (IM) Renier Castellanos

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