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January 25, 2019

Another position from the present Wijk aan Zee Masters.

Today’s blog is affected by my PC having failed and needing repair or replacement, so is in different format to normal. How long it will be before it returns to normal format will be dependent on if the PC can be returned to good health.

White to move and win

Vidit v Kramnik, 23/1/19 Wijk aan Zee

Solution

1 Qf4!, a move I wouldn’t have considered in the game, and Black resigned. My engine says it is mate in 11. Once Vidit played the move, I realised the Ne6 is tied to the back rank mate, and this is the key reason 1 Qf4 ‘works’.

A crushing loss for Kramnik, in a tournament where at the time of writing he is languishing in clear last place.

FEN

No FEN whilst this problem persists. Sorry.

From → Chess

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