Friday, 13 July 2007

Friday chess puzzle 14

Friday chess puzzle 14

Our chess puzzle this week is from 1893 and Tarrasch's match with Tchigorin.

Tchigorin played a couple of poor moves in the opening (... Bb4 and ... Ba5), allowing Tarrasch to tear into his position.

Having reached the position above after 20 moves, Tarrasch found a very energetic way to finish off his opponent, can you find the move?

Answers to Chess Tales. I'll publish the solution next Wednesday.

As the game is so impressive, I thought I would give you the first 20 moves as well:

Tarrasch - Tchigorin, Match 1893
1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. Nc3 Bb4 6. Nd5 Ba5 7. O-O b5 8. Bb3 d6 9. d3 Bg4 10. c3 Ne7 11. Nxe5!! dxe5 12. Nxf6+ gxf6 13. Qxg4 Ng6 14. Bd5 Rb8 15. f4 c6 16. Bxc6+ Ke7 17. Bd5 b4 18. fxe5 Qb6+ 19. Kh1 Nxe5 20. Qh5 Ng6...

Apologies for the lateness of today's post. I was in a tribunal all day; I won the case, but it was a long day.


AveragePlayer said...

The move has to be Rxf6 which threatens the black queen and also threatens to capture the f7 pawn leaving the black king out in the open. If black plays Qxf6 then Bg5 pins the queen.

Bg5 straight away also looks to force a win by threatening the capture of the f6 pawn or the f7 pawn if f6xg5.

Roger Coathup said...


Rxf6 is the correct starting move... You can check out the full solution.

Best regards,


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