04 May 2014

Gaining a Tempo

White intends to win back a sacrificed pawn and swap queens. But there is more. Choosing the correct move order gains a tempo by imposing upon Black an additional move. This tempo helps White maintain the initiative.

The game was Popovic -- Bogut, Hrvatska 2011 and was published as Chess Informant 113/103.

White to move

10.Bxf7+ Ke7 11.Qxd8+ Kd8 12.f4 Ke7 13.Bb3

White went on to win the game.

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