Daily Chess Improvement: Losing or winning tactic?

SusanPolgar

Many people said that Firouzja's final position against Carlsen earlier today at Tata Steel was so hopeless. The position above was from the Caruana, Fabiano - Anand, Viswanathan one round earlier where Anand had a much bigger advantage against Caruana and lost.

It is black to move. How should black proceed?

Comments (3)
No. 1-1
KarthikM
KarthikM

Black can't afford to move either of the K or R, else diversion tricks come into play. Logically, he has to get his Knight into the fray.

  1. ... Nb3 2. Bxf5 (threatening that Ne6 fork .. ) Rd5! (When the facts change, the rules change) 3. Ne6+ (nothing better) Kxf7 4. Bg4 and now black looks more in control.

Anand played 1. ... Kf6 and walked into 2. Be7! , but was still ok after 2. ... Ne4+ 3. Nxe4 and should've played 3. ... Kxf7, imho

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Yancey_Ward
Yancey_Ward

Editor

Yes, 1....Kf6 was suboptimal, but probably still winning had Anand followed through with 3....Kxf7- I examined the Stockfish lines on this game at Chessbomb a couple of days ago, and they all seem they would ultimately reduce down to a R vs B ending that are surely winning for black with best play. It is difficult to understand what Anand was thinking with 3....fxe4. Of course, it still wasn't lost at that point, but was likely no longer winning for black. Anand then made later mistakes to lose.

Yancey_Ward
Yancey_Ward

Editor

For what it is worth- here is how it could have been had Anand played 3....Kxf7:

1...Kf6 2.Bd7 Ne4+ 3.Nxe4+ Kxf7 4.Bxa4 fxe4 5.Ke3 Ra8 6.Bb5 Rxa3+ 7.Kxe4 Rg3 8.Bf1 Kf6 9.Kd5 Kf5 10.Kc6 Ke4

And now, if white plays 11.d5, then 11....Rc3+ should be winning, though I don't have access to the Lomonosov Tablebase to confirm.


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