Daily Chess Improvement: Real Game Chess Tactic!

This was an actual game between GM Popov v GM Gunina

White to move. How should white proceed? No computer use please!

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PaulFritzChess
PaulFritzChess

Rb1 then Kf1 if Rg8 is played

CraigB
CraigB

Some comments:

  1. Rg3 B:g3 and Black is winning.

  2. Kh1 Rg8 2. R3e2! vacates e3 for a devastating check, for example 2...Qb6 3. Qe3+ Kg7 (3...Kh5 4. Bf3+ K{h4 5. Qh6#) 4. Rg1+ Kf8 5. Qh6+ wins a Rook.

I'm not sure what the best defense for Black after Kh1 is, but White has a whole lot of threats. I'm pretty sure Yancey is right, Black is going to have to give up material to get his K out of that box.

For example, 1...Rdd8 2. Qf3 (threatening Q:f6) f5 3. B:f5 and the e-pawn is pinned.

Or 1...Kg7 2. Rg1+ Kf8 3. Rg1+ Kf8 4. Q:f6 and white has the powerful threat of Rg7-h7-h8

zettma
zettma

Yancey if Kh1 first black can play...1.Rg8

zettma
zettma

I 'd try Rg3 first to take the g file with the queen

Yancey_Ward
Yancey_Ward

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No one posted it, but 1.Kh1 opens the key square of g1 for the rook. Black will have to give up material to prevent getting mated.



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