A Fine Combination II

Oct 27, 2011, 1:32 PM |

In 1950 Mark Taimanov had just earned the newly created IM title.  The same year  he and his wife performed a series of concerts across the USSR.  His future chess success is retroactively evident in his insight into the position below.

This combination, and analysis, came from Irving Chernev's Combinations: The Heart of Chess.

White to move


White's winning move is the improbable Ng6
The Knight is taboo
PxN wins the Queen:


Black has resources against immediate serious material loss
but still has a positionally lost game:


Black's other variation from this defense leads to
A Surprising Mate: