Spoilt for Choice

Spoilt for Choice

Jul 31, 2015, 7:54 AM |

I was paralysed by the following diagram in my daily tactical training.


Can you solve?


Blokh Combinational Motives Diagram 586 Difficulty 4 White to move


I had seen a stalemate possibility given White's pawns are blockaded and White's King is cut from e1 by the Black Queen and e2 by the Rook at h2
Spoilt for Choice
I can see that White needs to sacrifice all his major pieces and end up with Black's Queen cutting across e1-h4 as well as cutting off at g1
The difficulty I had is that there are so many candidate moves. Rg7+, Qg7+, Qh8+ and Rxg8
This exercise brought home to me that I need to be more disciplined when faced with candidate moves
1. Rxg8 (why I rejected it)
I "thought" Black can counter by 1. ... Rh1+ where I failed to see White simply retreats Rg1 (missing retreating moves again)
In the back of my mind I was really drawn to Rg7+ and really wanted to explore that avenue (hence didn't pursue the Rxg8 idea enough)
1. Rg7+ (got stuck here for a while)
I saw 1. ... Rxg7 2. Qxg7+ Kxg7 3. Rg3+ and if only the Black Queen would capture this Rook, but alas Black can simply move his King
I kept going in circles with this idea to the point it clouded all others
1. Qh8+ and Qg7+
Kept flirting with this idea, but accepted Black didn't have to capture the following sacrifices of the Rook
Why does this tactic work?
Stalemate nature of White's King
White's Queen invasion along the backrank
Lesson Learnt
When faced with many candidate moves, be disciplined
Don't be lured by favourites, treat each equally else you run the danger of being blinded
Retreating moves (once more) need work in spotting
Don't go round and round in circles