Daily Chess Improvement: Real Game Tactic!

This was a game between Wei Yi and Howell at the World Team Championships

White to move. How should white proceed?

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Yancey_Ward
Yancey_Ward

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A very nice problem! Of course, the first thought is going to be to take at h5 to double attack the knight which can't be protected by the queen:

1.Nh5? Qf3! 2.Rg7 Ke6 and now what does white do about the knight on h5? Alternatively, white can't capture the knight on g7 with Nxg7 at move 2 because of the threat Qe2+ and sure draw by repetition. However, if white plays......

1.hg5! fg5 2.Nh5 Qf3 3.Rg7! Ke6 4.Rg5 is now possible to preserve the material edge. this should be won for white.

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