Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Queens Gambit Accepted Mate2

Black's Queens Gambit Accepted provoked an attack. He got more than he bargained for when White sacrificed a piece for a mating attack. Bold play reminds me of Mikhail Tal played in his prime. Tactical training tools allow grandmasters Maxim Matlakov and Evgeniy Najer to play at high levels. Tal had to dream up combinations on his own. My Queen Pawn Puzzles book has 200 checkmates.

Matlakov (2730) - Najer (2699), 33rd ECC Open 2017 Antalya TUR (3.3), 10.10.2017 begins 1.Nf3 d5 2.d4 Nf6 3.c4 dxc4 4.e3 e6 5.Bxc4 c5 6.0-0 Nbd7 7.Nc3 a6 8.e4 b5 9.Bb3 cxd4 10.Nxd4 b4?! [This is provocative. Normal moves would be 10...Bb7= or 10...Bc5=] 11.Na4 Bb7 12.Bxe6!? [12.f3+/=] 12...fxe6 13.Nxe6 Qa5 14.Bf4 Rc8 15.Qb3 [15.Re1] 15...Nh5? [15...Bxe4!=/+] 16.Ng5 Nxf4 17.Qf7+ Kd8 18.Qxf4 Rg8 [18...Rc6 19.Nf7+ Ke8 20.Nxh8 Rf6 21.Qg4 Qxa4 22.e5+/=] 19.Rad1 Bc6 20.e5 h6? [20...Be7 21.Nc5 Bxc5 22.e6 Rc7 23.exd7 Bxd7 24.Ne6+ Kc8 25.Qf7+-] 21.Nf7+ Ke8 22.Qf5 [Also strong is 22.Qc4!+-] 22...Be7 [22...Bd5 23.e6 Nf6 24.b3 Qb5 25.Qg6 Ke7 26.Rfe1 Rc6 27.Ne5 Rd6 28.Qf7+ Kd8 29.Qa7+-] 23.Qg6 Qxa4 [23...Kf8 24.Nd6 Bxd6 25.Qxd6+ Ke8 26.Qe6+ Kd8 27.Qxg8+ Kc7 28.Qxg7+-. Instead of this, White has a mate in two.]
24.Ng5+! [followed by 25.Ne6 mate.] 1-0

Sets: Chess Games 1.e4 Series and Chess Games 1.d4 Series
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