Daily Chess Improvement: Complicated Real Game Tactic!

This is an actual game at the 2019 French Chess Championship

​Edouard, Romain - Moussard, Jules

Black to move! How should black proceed?

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Yancey_Ward
Yancey_Ward

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Parsing Karthik's answer, I think 1. ....Rf1 is the right approach, but I think black does best to take with the knight at move 2. Here is what I see with 2....Rxf1:

1...Rf1 2.Rf1 Rf1 3.Rf1 Bf1 4.e7 Bb5

And white is down a piece, but has the passed pawn on e7 and can cash that pawn for the black bishop. Hard to say who is better here, but I think it likely a draw from that point without a really deep analysis. I think, though, black can do better than 2....Rxf1:

1...Rf1 2.Rf1 Nf1

This, of course, allows 3.Rxh4, but white's queen is also hanging. I don't think white can play 3.Qxe2:

3.Qxe2 Qxh1 4.e7 Ng3 should win easily.

So this seems to leave

3.Rxh4 Nxe3 4.Rxb4 Rxd5 5.Rb8 Rc5 6.c3 Bh5 and black is up a piece, and will be playing for the win whereas white will not since the e-pawn will never be allowed queen that I can see here.

AnupJ
AnupJ

How about

1 ...... Re5 2 Qh3 Rf1+ 3 Rxf1 Bxf1 threatening Re1 & Qe1 4 Rxf1 Re1+ 5 Rxe1 Qxe1

Any other options for white?

KarthikM
KarthikM

1... Rf1+ 2. Nxf1 Qe1#

KarthikM
KarthikM
  1. ... Rf1+ Rxf1 2. Rxf1+ Rxf1+ 3. Nxf1 Nxf1 with twin NxQ and Qe1# threats. BQ has no way to escape with check


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