White to Play

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Grandmaster Velimirovic is one of our favorite GMs. A brilliant attacking player, he has entertained us with quite imaginative combinations. Grandmaster Velimirovic is one of our favorite GMs.This one is a mating attack that uses the Black king in the corner to great advantage.


The bishop on the diagonal with the king in the corner is more powerful than the rook on d6, so White uses the rook as a sacrifice to open the diagonal. The lowly pawn also plays a key role as you will see: 1.Rxf6 Nxf6 [1...Kh7 2.Rxf7+ Kh6 3.Rxg4 hxg4 4.Be3+ Kh5 5.Rh7#; 1...Rg1+ 2.Kd2 Rg2+ 3.Kc3 Nxf6 4.Bxf6+ Kh7 5.Rxh5+ Kg8 6.Rh8#] 2.Bxf6+ Kh7 3.Rxh5+ Kg8 4.Rh8#


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