Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Blunder after blunder after blunder…
I recently played three G15 games in a row against a fellow and all three games were riddled with opening blunders; here’s a little tactics quiz from the games.
In this position (from a QGD Panov-Botvinnik Attack) what should Black play?
Highlight: 9...Bb4 10.0–0 Nf6 White has a slight initiative, but Black’s position is OK.
He blundered with 9…Nxd4? What should White play?
Highlight: 10.Bxd4+ Qxd4 11.Bb5+ and Black resigned. He has to give up either the a8R or the Q.
In this position (from the Two Knight’s Defense) my opponent (White) should have played what? Highlight: 18.Be3 was his best.
He actually played 18.c4. How does Black respond?
Highlight: 18…e3! Exposing him to a devastating attack from the B’s and Q. After 19.d5 19...exf2+ 20.Kxf2 Nxd5! 21.Qxd5 Bc5+ 22.Be3 Qf6+ his Q is lost.
In this position (from a Four Knights Game) I have just blundered with 9.Bxc3??. What should Black play?
Highlight: He should play 9...Qf6 Attacking the B on c6 and threatening bad stuff on f2. 10.f3 Nxc3 11.bxc3 Ba6! 12.Qxa6 Bxc3+ 13.Kf2 Bxa1 and because my B is pinned, I can’t capture the a8R. Instead he played 9...Bf5? 10.Bxa8 Ng3?? 11.Qxg3… and now Butthead wasn’t man enough to resign; he just disconnected.