White to Play

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Published in Chess Puzzles

This is a stunning miniature game, and you get the whole game! It’s worth playing through. Moran-Franco, Gijon, 1955: 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 d6 6.Bg5 e6 7.Qd2 Be7 8.0–0–0 0–0 9.f4 e5 10.Nf3 Bg4 11.h3 Bxf3 12.gxf3 Nd4 13.fxe5 dxe5 14.f4 Qa5 15.fxe5 Nf3 16.exf6! Nxd2 17.fxe7 Nxf1 18.exf8Q+ Kxf8 19.Bf4 Ng3 20.Rhg1 (If 20.Bxg3,winning for Black would be: 20...Qg5+)20...Nxe4 21.Nxe4 Qxa2? And now see the diagram and figure out the winning attack.

Here’s how the game finished and why Black resigned: 22.Bd6+ Kg8 22...Ke8 23.Rge1 Qa1+ 24.Kd2 Qa5+ 25.b4 Qd5+ 26.Kc3 Qc6+ 27.Bc5 Qe6 28.Ng5 23.Rxg7+ Kh8 If 23...Kxg7 24.Rg1+ Kh6 25.Bf4+ Kh5 26.Rg5+ Kh4 27.Rg4+ Kxh3 28.Nf2—a beautiful mate. 24.Rg8+ Black Resigned here because he saw the end as well:24...Rxg8 25.Be5+ f6 26.Bxf6+ Rg7 27.Rd8+ Qg8 28.Rxg8+ Kxg8 29.Bxg7 and White is a piece up with an easy win.


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