Monday, April 23, 2018

Slav Defence Final Winning Move

Black wins this Slav Defence with a surprise tactic. Solid strategy marks this opening, but with heavy material remains the possibility of a sudden tactical shot for either side. Such was the final tale in the game Matthias Bluebaum vs Nikita Vitiugov.

Bluebaum (2631) - Vitiugov (2735), GRENKE Chess Classic 2018 Karlsruhe / Baden Baden GER, 31.03.2018 begins 1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.e3 Bf5 5.Nc3 e6 6.Nh4 Bg6 7.Bd2 Nbd7 8.Nxg6 hxg6 9.c5 e5 10.b4 Be7 11.b5 0-0 12.Qa4 [12.bxc6 bxc6 13.Be2=] 12...Re8 [12...exd4 13.exd4 Re8=/+] 13.bxc6 bxc6 14.Be2 exd4 15.exd4 Nxc5 16.dxc5 d4 17.0-0 dxc3 18.Bxc3 Bxc5 19.Bf3 Rc8 20.Bxc6 Re2 21.Bf3 Rxf2 22.Rxf2 Bxf2+ 23.Kxf2 Rxc3 24.Qxa7 [24.Rd1 Qc7=/+] 24...Ne4+ 25.Kg1 [25.Bxe4 Rc7 26.Qa8 Rc8 27.Qd5 Qf6+ 28.Bf3 Qxa1-+]
25...Ra3! [The threats of Rxa7 and Qd4+ with a forced mate win for Black.] 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)

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