Chess, Strategy & Tactics for Novice Players

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1 5 ... tJal! dxe5 ? is even worse, offering Black a choice of mates in two: 1 4 . . Wxd l t! lLl xd l li:Jxa2# or 1 4 . . li:Jxa2t! li:Jxd l Wxd l #. d5!. , and Black must react resolutely: 1 4 . . li:Jxa2t! c5 The position is pretty comfortable for Black, but at least White is still in the game. 14 ... tJ c2! No going back. ttJd5 ttJ xe3 1 6. ttJxd7 ttJ xd l is no help. IS ... ttJal! Yet again White has managed to overlook this move. It shows how dangerous it is to allow a knight anywhere near your king.

However, as we have discussed before, the key when you have a material advantage is not to try to protect your advantage passively, but to play with suitable aggression. g4! g5 �h5 It might seem that Black has everything covered defensively, but in fact White has calculated it all to perfection and now finishes the game off with two quick tactical strokes. a b e d e f g h A timely pawn breakthrough supplies the straw that breaks the camel's back. g6! �xf6 34 . . fxg6 also leads to forced mate: 3 5 .

Yfic7 1-0 28. 9g8t! b e d e f g h White sacrifices the rook to ensure that his capture of the bishop comes with discovered check. Neither way of taking the rook offers any hope: 1 9 . . �xe5# or 1 9 . . iWxc3 with an easy win for White. 1-0 4 29. Iwona Kubicka - Jolanta Zawadzka 3 Straszecin 1 999 2 1 a b e d e f g h The strong Estonian grandmaster Jaan Ehlvest demonstrates the dangers of a breakthrough on the g-file, inflicting a quick defeat on the likeable Swedish grandmaster, Ulf Andersson, who was usually so hard to beat.

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