Saturday, September 8, 2007

Tactics #2007-09-07

I was on FICS this morning and yet again, I let a win slip through my fingers.

My tactical vision is indeed poor. Take a look at this. I am Black. White has just played 33. Kf3-g4. My Queen is under attack - that much is obvious. But can you see the continuation?

I blundered and played 33. Qd7 after which I offered a draw which my opponent readily accepted. What did I miss?

Highlight the lines between the brackets to reveal the answer
[The move I missed was 33. Qf7!
34. Nxg5 Qh5#
34. Kxg5 Rf5+! 35. Qxf5 Rh5+ 36. Kf4 Qxf5+ the White Queen is lost and Black will give mate in another few moves eg. 37. Ke3 Qe4+ 38. Kd2 Rh2+ 39. Re2 Rxe2+ 40. Kd1 Qxc2# ]

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