01/05/21 Puzzle: Solution

In this game, you had to find the best continuation in a short master game.

Congratulations!

Thank you to everyone who sent in their answers. You received at least 1 point for sending in a solution. If you chose a good move you received two points. If you guessed the best continuation, you received 3 points. This week, the following players received 2 or more points for their solutions:

This Week’s Solution

In this game, you had to find the best continuation for white after the following moves:

  1. d4, c5
  2. dxc5, Qa5+
  3. Nc3, Qxc5
  4. e4, e5
  5. Nf3, d6?
  6. Nd5, Ne7?
Position after 6… Ne7? (diagram courtesy of chess.com)
The solution that we were looking for:

The winning move is 7. b4! (Not 7. Be3, when black can escape by running back home with 7… Qa5+! 8. b4, Qd8!)

7… Qc6 and now the coup de grace 8. Bb5!! pinning and winning the black queen, since if 8… Qxb5 9. Nc7+ forks the king and queen.

Position after 8. Bb5!! (diagram courtesy of chess.com)

What To Do Next

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Diagram courtesy of www.chess.com


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