Saturday, October 27, 2007

Tactics #2007-10-27

While poring through some of the "old" games, I noticed this interesting tactical trick. This is in the game Portisch v Garcia Palermo, Reggio Emilia 1992.

The actual move played by Black was 57. ... Rb4+ and Portisch proceeded to win this game a few moves later.

The problem with the position lies in this. What if Black had instead played 57. ... Rh2? (as highlighted in the diagram)

Is there a problem with this move? If so, why?

White to play.

The answer can be found by highlighting between the brackets
[57... Rh2 58. Qf8+ Rg7 59. Qf6+ Rg6 60. Qh8#]


  1. nice game. just put it in my file for Candidate GM Classic Games

    (I don't add to my current file of 1,663 Classic GM Games, so it is stable).

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