Saturday, October 2, 2010

White to Move

Black has just faltered with 11... Re8 in the Breyer Variation of the Ruy Lopez. Can you see White's best move in reply?

Check out the answer after the fold:

The key is to see that a knight on e6 would threaten Black's queen, the pawn on f7 is the protection for the e6 square, and Black's rook was the f7 pawn's only protection except for the king. So ....

12. Bxf7+

If White misses again and takes the bishop the queen is in trouble.

12... Kh8 (12... Kxf7 13. Ng5+ Kg8 14. Ne6 Bb7 15. Nxd8 Bxd8) 13. Ng5 (13. Bxe8 Qxe8) 13... Bb7 14.Ne6 Qc8 15. Bxe8 Nxe8

This position comes from annotations to D. Navara-B. Socko, Polish Team Championship 2006 by Colin Crouch in his Modern Chess: Move by Move (game 14).

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