Russian Chess: Spot Win Vitiugov Misses Against Svidler

How can Black win this?

Despite computers becoming the strongest chess players on the planet and despite top-level chess impossible without computer-aided chess training, the human element in chess tournaments would never go away. Best of grandmasters miss the easiest of wins. Here is an interesting position from the Russian Chess Superfinal 2012. Nikita Vitiugov missed a winning line with 26. …Qa5 27.b4 Qxb5. We pick up the game if the winning line were played. Look at the position on the left and can you spot the pretty mate that happens if White plays 28.QxQ? This game of Round 8 eventually ended in a draw.





Svidler, Peter (2749) – Vitiugov, Nikita (2705)

Result: 1/2-1/2
Site: Moscow RUS
Date: 2012.08.11

[…] 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 c5 4.c3 £b6 5.¤f3 ¤c6 6.a3 ¤ge7 7.dxc5 £c7 8.¥b5 ¥d7 9.£e2 f6 10.exf6 gxf6 11.¤bd2 O-O-O 12.c4 ¦g8 13.g3 e5 14.cxd5 ¤xd5 15.¤b3 ¥g4 16.£c2 ¤f4 17.¤bd2 ¦xd2 18.¤xd2 ¤d4 19.£a4 ¥xc5 20.gxf4 exf4 21.¤e4 ¤f3+ 22.¢f1 ¥h3+ 23.¢e2 ¤d4+ 24.¢e1 ¥g2 25.£c4 ¦d8 26.¤xc5 ¤f3+

(26…£a5+ 27.b4 £xb5 28.£d3 (28.£xb5 ¤c2+ 29.¢e2 f3#) 28…¤f3+ 29.¢e2 ¦xd3 30.¤xd3 ¤d4+ 31.¢d2 £c4 32.¦a2 £xa2+ 33.¥b2 ¥xh1 34.f3 ¤xf3+ 35.¢c3 ¤e5 36.¤xe5 fxe5 37.¢c2 £d5 38.¥c3 f3 39.a4 £a2+ 40.¥b2 £xa4+ 41.¢d2 £xb4+ 42.¥c3 £f4+ 43.¢d3 £xh2 (0:00:38) 28.Ke1)

27.¢e2 ¤d4+ 28.¢e1 ¤f3+ 29.¢e2 ¤d4+ 30.¢e1

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