Black to Play

Pete Tamburro on

Published in Chess Puzzles

If you have been following this column for a while, you should remember the two things you should always be on the lookout for!


It’s an interesting and instructive game, so here’s the whole thing for you serious students of chess:) Popov,Vladimir - Riumin,Nikolay Nikolaevich Moscow-ch 10th Moscow , 1929

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.Qb3 c5! 5.Nf3 Nc6 6.e3 0–0 7.Be2 b6 8.0–0 Bb7 9.Nb5?! d5 [9...Na5!? 10.Qd1 cxd4] 10.a3 Ba5 11.Rd1 a6 12.cxd5 exd5 13.Nc3 c4! 14.Qc2 b5 15.b4 Bc7 16.e4?! dxe4 17.Nxe4 Nxe4 18.Qxe4 Re8 19.Qc2 Qd6‚ 20.g3 [ Also instructive is: 20.Bb2? Nxb4 21.axb4 Bxf3 22.Bxf3 Qxh2+ 23.Kf1 Qh1#] 20...Qd5 21.Be3 h6 22.Qd2 Re6 23.Re1 Rf6 24.Kg2? Kh7 25.Qc2+ g6 26.Qd2

See Diagram

26… Rxf3! 27.Bxf3 Qxf3+ 28.Kxf3 Nxd4+ 29.Kg4 Bc8+ 30.Kh4 Nf3#

You can’t ask much more than this from a chess position continuation: rook sacrifice, queen sacrifice, double check, backwards moving bishop check and final mate with a knight. Wow! It just shows you what can happen when you draw a king into the open and remember that advice about looking at all checks and captures (and forced moves)!

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