I was kind of sidetracked from my chess training. Mostly because it’s not my life priority now. Which is not weird, right? But then sleeping and watching movies aren’t my priorities also. I got a job and after eight hours of work, I feel lazy like Samwell Tarly being a man of Nights watch. Except I’m not forced to do this but I want to prove something that probably won’t matter like chess brah youtube channel.
Black’s pieces are well coordinated, but he must be careful that his pieces don’t become targets for White’s queen. The queen loves double attacks like me my Cola with two slices of lemon in it, however, White’s king is not protected by a pawn wedge and looks somewhat vulnerable at the edge of the board. The key to this problem is to maximize the interaction of the Black rook and Black knight, utilizing both the position of White’s king and White’s queen. Or at least that chess.com says. The approach is not that bad but let’s be honest this essay isn’t the first thing that will pop-up in ur head when u see this position. The first thing that will come to your mind will be: I’M A QUEEN DOWN!
Next step should be to keep finding a solution even it might not exist (if you have time for it). Cause if you don’t find the right plan queen down than you are going to lose. And we do not want that, right? Now you should notice that white’s king is somewhat cut of.
1…Rg2!! is an excellent move (EUPHORIAAA!!!!) that takes advantage of the placement of the White queen at d1. If White’s king took the bold rook, a knight check at e3 would win the White queen, leaving Black up a knight. This example shows how easy, yet beautiful, chess becomes when one is able to recognize more patterns of piece coordination and technique. Yet it is common for even master players to miss such opportunities and continue to struggle and even lose once favorable positions.
The surprising 1…Rg2!! effectively cuts off the White king, depriving it off any escape square thanks to the g5-pawn that controls the h4-square. At the same time, Black threatens a beautiful mate with Nf4+. As the f4-square is already protected by a black pawn, it would be rather useless trying to cover it with a move like 2.Qd4 as the pawn ending would be lost for White after 2…Nf4+ 3.Qxf4 exf4 4.Kxg2.
2…Rxh2+! wins another pawn, and is a strong zwischenzug (a German word meaning more or less “in-between move”) as Black’s rook was hanging anyway. It is very common to recapture a piece without thinking, as we are so used to exchange pieces. However, there are a surprising number of games and variations in which pieces are just left hanging for many moves, mostly when one increases the pressure and initiative through other means, such as a check, mate threat or queen attack.
By recapturing the queen with 3…exd5, Black has realized an easily won King and Pawn Endgame. The White king will be unable to stop the passed d-, g-, and h-pawns, while Black’s king will simply stop the f-pawn if it advances.
Let’s go to other tactics.