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A Fine Combination

Oct 25, 2011, 6:30 PM 6

This position and it's analysis was published in the 1999 book by P. H. Clarke, 100 Soviet Chess Miniatures.  It involves a beautiful pseudo-Queen sacrifice that gives White a winning advantage in all variations:

White's Queen is attacked, but instead of answering that threat directly, White captures d5 with his Knight even though d5 is protected by a Rook.

The Knight that captures the pawn is, in fact, taboo

White to move


But taking even the Queen isn't  a good idea. . .

White to move

Black tries gaining some material before exchanging Queens. . .

White to move

Black tries to move his Queen out of the line of fire while still threatening White's Queen. White simply ignores the threat to is Queen. . .

White to move

note: After 1.Nxd5, Black, of course, can't take the Knight on e6 with his Bishop, since White would simply capture Black's Queen with check and save his own Queen.


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