Sometimes, when things are going well, one moment of inattention can ruin things. For example, I this game, Black was winning. He played 10…c6? instead of 10…Nc6! How did things go downhill very quickly from here?
We’re in the midst of going through various openings to help you develop an awareness of combinations right in the opening. We’ve done the Scandinavian a bit and now we’re looking at the Alekhine’s Defense. A game, Hanada-Makamure, Japan, 1992, started out like this: 1.e4 Nf6 2.Nc3 d5 3.e5 Nfd7 4.f4 e6 5.Qg4 c5 6.Nf3 Nc6 7.Be2 f5 8.Qg3 a6 9.Ng5 Nd4 and ended up in our diagrammed position. What did White do next?
ArcaMax Editor's Note: Thank you to the readers who wrote in about missing images with puzzles. The problem should be fixed and puzzle images that were missing should be updated on the Web site. We’ve been looking at miniatures of late. Today’s game started out: Cheah-Dada, Manila, 1992: 1.e4 Nf6 2.Nc3 d5 3.e5 Nfd7 4.e6 fxe6 5.d4 g6 6.h4 Nf6 7.h5 Nxh5 8.Rxh5 gxh5 9.Qxh5+ Kd7 10.Nf3 Qe8 11.Qe5 Rg8. How do you continue here as White?
Happy July 4th to all. There are some real fireworks in this game. Our last two puzzles dumped on the Scandinavian Defense a bit; however, here, Black gets to bite back.
Last time out we looked at Black, in the Scandinavian Defense, trying the old queen/bishop battery on a5 and b4, only to find White sacrificing two rooks by taking the bishop.Today, undaunted, Black switches over to the kingside with the same idea. The big question you have to answer is whether you should take the bishop on g4? Got a plan?