E fxe h mate

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Alekhine White Em. Lasker Black Zurich 1934 Queen's Gambit Declined

1 d4 d5 2 c4 e6 3 £k3 £>f6 4 £>fj i.e7 5 jLg5 ^bd7 6 e3 0-0 7 ficl c6 8 ±d3 dxc4 9 i.xc4 ^d5 10 ±xel fxe7 11 ^5f6 12

£)g3 e5 13 0-0 exd4 14 ¿hf5 Wd8 15 £>3xd4 <^e5 16 i.b3 ±xf5 17 ^xf5 Wb6?

Chess Attacking Queen

An astonishing error by Lasker that allows White's queen to disturb the coordination of Black's pieces. Correct was 17...Wxdl 18 Sfxdl Had8 19 ¿bd6 fid7 with a passive but defensible position.

18 Wd6 £>5d7 19 fifdl Sad8

Alekhine forces concessions in Black's king position.

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The knight does many things here besides attacking f7 - it also supports the advance e4-e5 and keeps Black from simplifying on the d-file.

Chess Tournament

26 #xg6!! Black resigned

Nezhmetdinov White Tal Black USSR Championship, Baku 1961

Mikhail Tal gets a little taste of his own attacking medicine courtesy of a fellow attacking genius. White's seemingly extravagant opening idea to stop Black from castling (the sequence leading up to 15 £}h6) led later to a merciliess attack as Tal was never able to get his king out of the line of fire.

1 e4 c5 2 d6 3 d4 cxd4 4 ^xd4 £tf6 5 £>c3 e6 6 ±e2 £ibd7 7 0-0 a6 8 f4 Wc7 9 g4 b5 10 a3 ±b7 11 i.f3 £k5 12 We2 e5 13 £>15 g6 14 fxe5 dxe5 15 £fli6 16 JLg2 Ag7

Chess Attacking Queen

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Now comes the first of many sacrifices to keep Black's king in the central hot seat.

Also 18...i.xd5 19 exd5 £>d4 20 Wf2 Wa7 21 Ae3 Ah4 22 #xh4 £iO+ 23 ±xf3 Wfxe3+ 24 &g2 wins for White.

Or 21...AM 22 Wd4 2f8 23 Sel Axel 24 ^f6+ &e7 25 d** <>* ¿xb7 Af2+ 27 #xf2 Sb8 28 Ad5+ 29 g5 Ir^tSg!^6 ''

22 Sel f6

Black's main pillar holding up his position is demolished and White's queen hungrily takes over a commanding, centralized position.

23...#xf6 24 Wd4 &f8 25 lxe5 Wd8 26 2f5+! gxf5 27 Wxh8+ ©e7 28 Wfg7+ &e6 29 gxf5+ Black resigned

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Geller White Smyslov Black Match, Moscow 1965

Grunfeld Defense

1 d4 2 c4 g6 3 <Sk3 d5 4 cxd5 ^xd5 5 e4 ^xc3 6 bxc3 £.g7 7 JLc4 c5 8 ^e2 0-0 9 0-0 &c6 10 ±e3 Wc7 11 Bel Hd8 12 f4 e6?

This move is simply too passive to pass the smell test. 12..Jfc.g4! equalizes for Black,

A good preparatory move to eliminate tactics based on the a7-gl diagonal. White is now free to play moves like Wei and £\g3 with a clear conscience.

14...exf5 15 Ag5! Bf8 16 exf5 ±xf5 17 £ig3 &e6 18 d5 £ie5 19 dxe6 £>xc4 20 exf7+ <&h8 21 Wd5 b5 (21...£>e5 22 Seel) 22 Seel is tremendous for White,

15 i.d3 exf5 16 exf5 &b7 17 #d2 Se8 18 ^g3 Wc6 19 Bf2

White carefully masses his forces for the kill while keeping a careful eye on Black's potential counterplay on the long diagonal and the e-file.

Black has no chances to defend if he agrees to the exchange of this lonely defender of his king.

22...Sde7 23 fxg6 hxg6 24 Sel+ 25 Afl f5 26 Wg3 <S?h7 27 £ixe8 wins for White.

23 i.c2 Sde7 24 Bcfl!

24 fxg6 hxg6 25 Bcfl f5 26 Sel 27 Wg3 S8e6 28 foxbl foxbl 29 Axf5 Bxfl+ 30 Sxfl Bf6 31 Ag5 Sxf5 32 Sxf5 gxf5 33 JlflS+ 4f7 34 £xh8 We4 35 Wg7+ <£>e8 36 Wg6+ <&d7 37 Wf7+ <£c6 38 Wxc4+ £>c5 39 h3 leads to an ending in which White is two pawns up. But Geller does better than that.

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21..±d5 28 2xf6 £xf6 29 Wxf6 hxg6 30 #xg6+ <&h8 31 ®h5 <4>g8 32 £xe4 ±xe4 33 2f4 with 2g4+ to follow.

28 Bxf6! Hg4

28...£xf6 29 Wxf6 hxg6 30 Wxg6+ <&h8 31 Wh5 <4>g8 32 &xe4 &xe4 and again the rook lift - 33 2f4.

29 gxh7+ <&h8 30 ¿xg7+ Wxg7 31 Wxg4! Black resigned

Spassky White Petrosian Black World Championship, Moscow 1966

Torre Attack

1 d4 £tf6 2 ^D e6 3 &g5 d5 4 £>bd2 &e7 5 e3 ^bd7 6 i.d3 c5 7 c3 b6 8 0-0 ±b7 9 <£ie5 £>xe5 10 dxe5 £kl7 11 ±f4?

Correct is 11 &xe7 #xe7 12 f4 f6 13 ®h5+ g6 14 exf6 with a roughly equal position.

Better is 15 h3 c4 (15...g4 16 hxg4 hxg4 17 £ih2 <£ixe5 18 £>xg4 i.d6 19 £b5+ <4>f8 20 bxc5 bxc5) 16 £c2 0-0-0 17 &d4 a6 18 f4.

This ensures that all files on the queenside will remain shut. If White tries b4-b5, Black answers with ...a6-a5. If White plays a4-a5, Black closes it with ...b6-b5.

19 &hl 2dg8 20 2gl 2g4! 21 Wd2 2hg8 22 a5 b5 23 fiadl ±f8

24 £ih2 <£>xe5! 25 ^xg4 hxg4 26 e4 £d6 27 We3 £id7

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White's brief run of activity has ended and he must suffer from a relentless advance of Black's foot soldiers from here to the end.

28 i.xd6 Wxd6 29 fid4 e5 30 ld2 f5! 31 exd5?

31 exf5 #f6 was little better.

31...f4 32 #e4 £\f6 33 Wf5+ <S?b8 34 D i.c8 35 g3

36 fiel h3 37 J.fl Sh8 38 gxh3 ±xh3 39 &gl i.xfl 40 &xfl e4! 41 Wdl £)g4

41...#d7 was the butcher's method of winning. Petrosian clearly wanted his infantry to claim the prize.

42 fxg4

42 fxe4 £>e3+ 43 Sxe3 Shl+ 44 &e2 Sxdl 45 fixdl fxe3.

Another way was 42...Shl+ 43 &g2 Sh2+ 44 *fl #h6 45 Sxh2 «xh2 46 Wd4 g2+ 47 &e2 gl=»+ 48 &dl Wxd4+.

43 Sg2 fxg2+

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43...Shl+ 44 Sgl ®h6 forces mate a bit faster, but of course the text is overwhelming.

Spassky resigned in view of 44 <èe2 (44 <4>xg2 Sh2+ 45 <i>gl Wh6 quickly forces mate) 44...Wf4 45 #d4 WO+ 46 <i>d2 Wf2+ etc.

1 d4 e6 2 e4 d5 3 ^d2 ^f6 4 e5 ^fd7 5 c3 c5 6 ^gf3 £k6 7 ¿d3

Wb6 8 0-0 cxd4 9 cxd4 £}xd4 10 ^xd4 Wxd4 11 Wb6 12 Wa4 #b4 13 Wc2 h6?!

14 Ad2 Wb6 15 Sacl

Black has serious difficulties developing his queenside.

15...£.e7 16 ®a4 Wd8 17 2c2 &f8 18 fifcl ^b6 19 ffg4 Adl 20 Aa5! 2c8 21 2xc8 i.xc8 22 &b4

22...&xb4 23 #xb4+ #e7 (23...<4>g8 24 a4! is strong) 24 «xb6! favors White. 22...&g8 23 ¿xe7 Wxe7 24 a4 i.d7 25 a5 &a8 26 Wd4! (there is that centralizing theme again) 26...b6 27 axb6 axb6 28 Sal #e8 29 Sa7 gives White more than he could ask for in return for the measly pawn.

23...<¿^8 24 &xe7 Wxe7 25 #d4 is again hard to meet. The text meets

Korchnoi White Udovcic Black Leningrad, 1967

French Defense

with a classic combination.

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