Daily Chess Improvement: Precision Chess Tactic!

This was an actual game between Hennigen - Berzinsh (London 2009)

Black to move! How should black proceed?

Comments (15)
No. 1-4
Skoegahom
Skoegahom

Unless something is wrong with the diagram, what does ...h5 do? To me the correct move is ...c5 threatening the knight on b4.

Yancey_Ward
Yancey_Ward

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To clean it up a bit:

1.......h5 threatens 2......Qxf2.

Yancey_Ward
Yancey_Ward

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1.h5!!

Threatens 2.Qxf2 since then 2....Kf2 3.Re2+ Kxf3 is met by 4.Bg4+ followed by 5.Bh6#.

I think black can avoid the mate with with 1.....Bg2 giving up the piece, but it might still be a mate in there somewhere, but I'm not seeing immediately.

KarthikM
KarthikM
  1. ... Qxf2+ 2. Kxf2 Re2+ 3. Kg1 f2#

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Yancey_Ward
Yancey_Ward

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I thought so, too, but 3.Kxf3 is a problem I can't solve yet.

Yancey_Ward
Yancey_Ward

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Even 1.Bg4 protecting the pawn doesn't really work since you lose coverage of f1 for the mate with f2.

Yancey_Ward
Yancey_Ward

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Ah, I got it now. Wow, the first move is very quiet, and I never would have found without trying to stick with Qxf2.

DiMathematiker
DiMathematiker

After Re2+ 3. Kxf3

KarthikM
KarthikM

Yes, as Yancey pointed out, 1. h5! is needed to make this idea work.



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