23 July 2014

Find the Blow

There is a nice miniature won by Viktor Kortchnoi that I sometimes attempt to imitate with rare success.

Tatai,Stefano (2455) - Kortschnoj,Viktor (2665) [C01]
Beersheba, 1978

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.exd5 exd5 4.Bd3 c5 5.Nf3 Nc6 6.Qe2+ Be7 7.dxc5 Nf6 8.h3 0–0 9.0–0 Bxc5 10.c3 Re8 11.Qc2 Qd6 12.Nbd2 Qg3 13.Bf5 Re2 14.Nd4 Nxd4 0–1

The pin of f2 and the advance of White's h-pawn allows the queen to occupy g3. In a recent online blitz game, I found myself in a nice position, but could not find the knockout blow.

Black to move


  1. Omtting the losing sidelines, the main line would go 1...Bxf2+, 2.Kh1 BxR, 3.gxB RxR, 4.hxN Rf2! and White can resign because of 5.QxRf2 BxQ is convincing (Qh3 mate is a threat).

    1. The game continued: 17...Bxf2+ 18.Rxf2 Rxe1 19.Qxe1 Nxf2 20.Qxf2 Qxf2+ 21.Kxf2 and the position is equal according to Stockfish. Your 2.Kh1 looks to be a blunder.

      The key line that I shold have playd was 17...Nxf2 18.Rxf2 Bxg2!