Daily Chess Improvement: Real Game Tactic!

This was a game between Maghsoodloo, Parham - Leko, Peter in Biel

White to move! What is the right plan?

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Yancey_Ward
Yancey_Ward

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This actually a bit more complicated than I thought at first glance. I basically missed e3 after Qf2 in both lines. Still looks winning, but not because white gets a queen after c8 at some point. Have to think about this a bit more.

Yancey_Ward
Yancey_Ward

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Definitely 1.c5+ here. The king can't easily retreat or stop the pawn. If black tries to block the pawn with 1....Kc6, white takes at a5. Should black then try to target g3 with 2.....Rd3, then white checks from b6, checks with c6, and then retreats the queen to f2 keeping everything safe. White should win with the advanced passer. Explicated: 1.c5 Kc6 2.Qa5 Rd3 3.Qb6 Kd7 4.c6 followed by 5.Qf2.

I don't really anything very different in 1......Ke7 except that it might not lose the a5 pawn immediately, but the game still looks lost to me.



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