Rich As A King

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Practical tactic

White to move. How should white proceed?



Rocketboy on ICC said...

My 7 year old gives the following analysis:
1) ...exd6, cxd6 simply loses the Rook
2) ...Be5, Ne8+ Kh7, Nxc7 Bxc7, Rd7 and White gets a couple of pawns as well as the exchange

I would add for completeness the less important line,
3) ...Kh7, Ne8 transposing to line 2

Vivian said...

1. Nd6 looks pretty strong, threatening Nd8+. The black Rook is in a trap if the Knight is taken.

Lorfa said...

This one is in "Chess Tactics for Champions" by Susan Polgar.

Because this book is falling apart from me going through it I knew this one in an instant.

s.k.srivastava said...

1nd6 & 2ne8

kibitzer said...

1. Nd6! (threatens Ne8+)

The black rook has nowhere to go ...

1. ... exd6
2. cxd6

Anonymous said...

Nd6 wins the rook

Anonymous said...

Nd6 !

AlanDGravett said...

Can't see an immediate forced win but Nd6 forces Kh7 then f pawn is en pris but so is white's a pawn. So maybe Nc4 and after Bf6 f4 but no win. But 1.Nd6 seems the only tactical try!

Anand Gautam said...

Difficult one!
Nd6 wins...

Anant said...

Nd6 appears to win the black rook?

AlanDGravett said...

Of course! Nd6 as Ne8 wins the rook whether it's check or not. And if exd6 then cxd also wins the rook

Oleg Mezjuev said...

1. Nd6!! looks tempting. :-) White threatens 2. Ne8 or 2. Ne8+, and Black rook can't be saved.

So... what remains?

1. ... exd6 2. cxd6 Bf6 3. dxc7 Bxd8 4. cxd8Q 1-0

Prof.S.G.Bhat said...

Yesterday I had analyzed the problem but had no time to post.
1.Nd6 exd6

Hapless black R has no position to go but black may contain the loss by
2.... Rd7
3.Rxd7 Bxa3

The point is white can not hold on to passed P on d file but has to seek compensation elsewhere.
4.Rxb7 Bxd6