Oct 112015
 

This week’s Canadian Tactic comes from the game Gusev – Qin from the 2015 Canadian university Chess Championship. 

Black is up two pawns, but it’s an opposite-colour Bishop endgame, and they have a very large drawing margin. Can White find a move that holds?

 

Solution below.

 


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 Round:  Result:
[Event "CUCC"]
[Site "Toronto"]
[Date "2015.01.10"]
[Round "3"]
[White "Gusev, Nikita"]
[Black "Qin, Joey"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "B92"]
[WhiteElo "2377"]
[BlackElo "2431"]
[Annotator "John Upper"]
[SetUp "1"]
[FEN "8/1p6/p4p2/P1B1k1p1/1P4Pp/4K2b/8/8 w - - 0 58"]
[PlyCount "30"]
[EventDate "2015.12.??"]
[EventType "team-swiss"]
[EventRounds "5"]
[EventCountry "CAN"]
[Source "CFC"]
[SourceDate "2015.04.15"]

{A really interesting game: a standard Najdorf middlegame with a lot of tricky
tactics between moves 25-35, and a technically challenging opposite coloured B
ending.} 58. Bd4+ $2 {Pushes the attacking King back, which is a good thing,
but it puts the B on a square where it can't get to the only saving diagonal.}
(58. Kf3 $8 f5 59. gxf5 {looks terrible, but it's a draw:} Bxf5 (59... Kxf5 60.
Be7 $11) 60. Be7 g4+ 61. Ke3 h3 62. Bh4 $11) 58... Ke6 59. Kf3 Bf1 $2 (59... f5
$8 $19) 60. Be3 $11 Bb5 61. Bd2 Bc6+ 62. Kf2 Kf7 63. Bc3 $2 (63.
Be3 $8 {White draws by attacking the passed pawns from behind with the Bishop,
where it also cuts off the attacking King.} Kg6 64. Bb6 f5 65. gxf5+ Kxf5 66.
Bd8 Kg4 67. Be7 Kh5 68. Bd8 g4 69. Ke3 $8 {Black is up two connected passed
pawns, but it is still a draw: the queenside pawns are irrelevant, and Black
can't get past the dark-square blockade.} g3 70. Kf4 $8 g2 71. Bb6 h3 72. Bg1 {
or Kg3.}) 63... Kg6 64. Bd4 f5 65. gxf5+ Kxf5 66. Kg1 g4 67. Kh2 Kg5 (67... g3+
68. Kh3 Kg5 $19) 68. Be3+ Kh5 69. Bc5 g3+ 70. Kh3 Bd7+ 71. Kg2 Kg4 72. Bd6 h3+
0-1
merida
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Category:

Tactics: Opposite B's
Source: Canadian Chess