Saturday Chess Puzzle: White on Rampage!

Saturday chess puzzle coming up. When you’ve got all your chess battery down the opponent’s throat, it’s only about brute force and final kill. This position is from the Khalifman-Serper chess game played in St Petersburg, 1994. White to play and win. Can you spot the bulldozing combination?




Khalifman Alexander (RUS) (2645) – Serper Grigory (USA) (2575)

Result: 1-0
Site: St. Petersburg (Russia)
Date: 1994

[…] 1.d4 ¤f6 2.c4 e6 3.¤f3 d5 4.¤c3 ¥b4 5.cxd5 exd5 6.¥g5 h6 7.¥h4 g5 8.¥g3 ¤e4 9.¤d2 ¤xc3 10.bxc3 ¥xc3 11.¦c1 ¥a5 12.h4 g4 13.e3 (13.£c2) 13…¤c6?! (13…O-O 14.¥d3 c6 15.O-O With compensation for the material) (13…¥f5? 14.£b3 ¥b6 15.¥xc7 ¥xc7 16.£xb7ќ) (13…c6) 14.¥b5 ¥d7 (14…O-O 15.¥xc6 bxc6 16.¦xc6 £d7 17.¦xh6 £b5 18.£c2!) 15.¦c5! £e7 (15…¤e7? 16.¥xd7+ £xd7 17.¦xa5ќ)

(15…a6 16.¥a4 £e7 17.O-O ¥b4 18.¦xd5 ¥d6 19.¦xd6! cxd6 20.¤c4±)

16.O-O (16.¦xd5?! £b4 Unclear) (16.¥xc6 ¥xd2+ 17.¢xd2 bxc6 18.¥xc7±) 16…¥b4 17.¦xd5 ¥d6 (17…O-O-O 18.¤c4±) 18.¤c4 (18.¥xd6 cxd6 19.¤c4 ¥e6 Unclear)

(18.¦xd6!? cxd6 19.¤c4 O-O (19…d5 20.¤d6+ ¢f8 21.¤xb7±) 20.¥xd6 £xh4 21.¥xf8 ¦xf8 22.d5±)

18…¥xg3 19.fxg3 O-O-O (19…¥e6 20.¦e5±) (19…O-O 20.¥xc6 bxc6 21.¦e5±) 20.£a4!±

(20.¦xd7! ¦xd7 (20…£xd7 21.¤e5ќ) 21.¥xc6 bxc6 22.£a4 With attack)

20…£e4 (20…¢b8 21.¦xd7! ¦xd7 22.¥xc6 bxc6 23.¤e5ќ) 21.¦c5 ¢b8 22.¦f4 (22.d5 ¤e5 Unclear) 22…£e8 (22…£b1+ 23.¢h2±) 23.¢h2

(23.d5 ¤e5!
(23…¤e7 24.¥xd7 £xd7 (24…¦xd7 25.¦xf7ќ) 25.£xd7 ¦xd7 26.e4±)

24.¦e4 f6 Unclear)

(23.¦f6±) 23…f5 (23…a6 24.¥xa6 bxa6 25.£xa6ќ) 24.¦f2! h5 (24…a6 25.¥xa6ќ) (24…¤e7 25.¦b2±) 25.¦b2 ¦h6

(25…¤e7 26.¥xd7 ¦xd7 (26…£xd7 27.£xd7! ¦xd7 28.¤e5 ¦d5 29.¤c6+ќ) 27.£b3±)

26.d5 ¤e5?!

(26…¤e7 27.d6! cxd6 28.¥xd7 £xd7 (28…¦xd7 29.¦xb7+! ¢xb7 30.¦b5+ ¢a8 31.¤b6+ќ) 29.¦cb5 £c7 (29…£c8 30.¤a5 b6 31.¤c4ќ) (29…d5 30.¤e5 £c7 31.¦xb7+ £xb7 32.¦xb7+ ¢xb7 33.£b4+ќ) (29…¦c8 30.£a6 ¦c7 31.¤a5ќ) 30.£a6 ¦d7 31.¤e5! (31.¤xd6 b6!) 31…¢c8 (31…¢a8 32.¤xd7ќ) 32.¦xb7 £xb7 33.¦xb7 ¦xb7 34.¤f7ќ)

27.¥xd7 (27.¤xe5 £xe5) 27…¤xd7 (27…¦xd7 28.¤xe5 £xe5 29.£xd7ќ) (27…£xd7 28.¦cb5ќ) 28.¦xb7+! ¢xb7 29.¦xc7+! ¢xc7 30.£xa7+ ¢c8 31.d6 [ A. KHALIFMAN ]

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