Friday, November 20, 2009

Scholastic tactics quiz

White (to play) played 1.O-O
How should Black respond?

See Elizabeth Vicary's blog for the answer to this and several other positions from scholastic games.


Frederick said...

1...Rxf2 2.Rxf2 Qxg3+ 0-1

Bill Brock said...

1...Rxf2?! 2.Qc8+! Kg7 3.Qc3+ prevents ..Qxg3+. Black is still better after 3...Rf6, but White has excellent drawing chances after 4.Rxf6.

There is another move that puts White out of misery.

Frederick said...

D'oh! You are quite right - of course the way to go is 1...Qxg3+! 2.fxg3 (2.Kh1 Rxf2 3.Qc8+ Kg7 and wins) Rg2+ 3.Kh1 Rh2+ 4.Kg1 Rag2#.