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Monday, September 28, 2009

White to play and win

The following position occurred today in the chess game between Xu Yuhua and Zhao Xue at the FIDE Grand Prix Tournament. Xue just made a mistake by playing 27...Kf7?? and Xu Yuhua continued by playing the move 28.Rad1. However, Yuhua missed a much stronger move and continuation, can you find it?

Do not look below this line of text if you do not want to see the solution to this problem.

Yuhua could have played 28.Bh6! and had a decisive material advantage after:

28. Bh6 Kg8 29. Rxf6 Kh8 30. Rxe6 Rf8 31. Rxe7 Qxe7 32. Bg5 Qe8 33. Bd5 h6 34. Be3 Kh7+-

Now we are still studying the same game as above. The players have reached move Zhao Xue just blundered by playing the move 34...h6?? Can you see a move that wins the game for Xu Yuhua?

The solution is below this line:

Xu Yuhua could have won the game by playing the move 35.c6! due to this continuation 35...Qc8 36.Rxf6! gxf6 37.Bxh6 . Instead she played 35.Qg6 and had to settle for a draw.

In the same game, it is Xu Yuhua's 40th move. Here is the position:

Xu Yuhua was probably in terrible time trouble at this stage of the game. She played the move 40.d6. However in this position she had a much stronger move.Can you find it?

Solution is below this line:

40.Bxh6 is much stronger due to this continuation:

40... Nxh6 41. Qxh6+ Kg8 42. Qh8+ Kf7 43.Rf3+ Kg6

44. Qxf8 {Threatening 45.Qf6+} Rf7 45. Qg8+ Rg7 46. Qe6+ Kh5 47. Qf5+
Kh4 (47... Kh6 48. Rh3#) 48. Rh3#)

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