10 June 2009


First of all, you have to have a good memory because there are a lot of variations you have to remember. Second, you have to have a lot of imagination; you have to be able to see a lot of variations in advance, maybe ten moves, twenty moves in advance sometimes.
Bobby Fischer, CBC Retrobites (1963)
This position did not occur over the board in Moiseenko - Ivanov, Moscow 2008. It did, however, appear in the variations in the annotations in Chess Informant 102 after 12...f6 (12...Qf8 was played in the game).

White to move

What is the critical line that justifies Ivanov's rejection of 12...f6?


  1. Probably something like Nxf6+ gxf6, Bxf6 Qf7, Bxh8.

  2. CT, why give up the rook so easily? After 13.Nxf6+ gxf6 14. Bxf6, Black could try Rf8.

  3. Then Bxe7 Rxf3, Bxb4 and white still gained two pawns i believe.