Daily Chess Improvement: Winning Chess Tactic!

This was a game between two former Webster University students: Le Quang Liem v Wesley So

k6q/1pBQ4/p1p2p2/3p2p1/P2n2P1/7P/KP6/8 w - - 0 46

White to move! How should white proceed?

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No. 1-4
Yancey_Ward
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I am curious whether or not So saw this move- clearly Liem didn't.

Yancey_Ward
Yancey_Ward

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What a remarkable move, 1.h4. That is the sort of move that should get a !!! Truly a study-like position.

CraigB
CraigB

Oh, I see. I went and looked the game up. At least I blunder like a top GM! 1...Q:h3 survives because 2...Qg3 starts an unavoidable perpetual. The winning idea is the colossal 1. h4!!. Now 1...Q:h4 2. Qe8+ Ka7 3. Bb6#. or 1. ...gh and NOW 2. Bd8 , since the black Q is now hemmed in by her own pawns.

What a glorious move! In the old days, this would have been glossed over by everyone for years, and then some endgame genius would get 15 minutes of fame by finding it. Now Stockfish just mocks us humans by finding moves like this in a few seconds.

CraigB
CraigB
  1. Bd8 threatens 2. Qc8+ Ka7 3. Bb6+ winning the Q for a B. If black plays 1...Ka7 2. a5 is deadly, and if the Q leaves the 8th rank then 2. Bb6 wins the N because of the back rank mate threat.


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