Thursday, April 5, 2018

Catalan Gambit Skewer and Pin

The Catalan Gambit is a temporary sacrifice that leads to lengthy maneuvers with heavy pieces. Tactics changed strategic plans quickly when Grandmaster Matej Sebenik won with a skewer (11...Bb5) and a pin (19.Nxb6 Rxb7) against Hans-Juergen Koller.

Koller (2167) - Sebenik (2557), Graz Open A 2018 Graz AUT (1.4), 17.02.2018 begins 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.g3 d5 4.Nf3 dxc4 5.Bg2 a6 6.0-0 Nc6 7.e3 Bd7 8.Nfd2 [8.Qe2=] 8...Na5 9.Qc2 Rc8 10.Nxc4? [10.Nc3 b5=] 10...Nxc4 11.Qxc4
11...Bb5 12.Qb3 Bxf1 13.Kxf1 Rb8 14.Bxb7 [14.Bd2 Be7-/+] 14...Nd7 15.d5 e5 [15...Be7-+] 16.Nc3 h5 [16...Bd6-+] 17.h4? Rh6 18.Na4 Rb6 [If 19.Nxb6 Rxb7-+] 0-1

My new book of 200 diagrams shows 200 final moves Fabiano Caruana played to win in Caruana Chess: Winning Moves by Fabiano Caruana (compiled by Tim Sawyer)

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