Tactical Subtleties


As White, this first move took longer to find than practically all of the rest of the moves put together. In blitz, you’d probably just play it without a clue and still get it right. After White’s reply, Black is in deep trouble in either case. The tactical implications of a Queen getting shunted to the side are that the king loses a great defender/attacker.


Black responds with Ne7, as Bg5 is such a tough threat to meet after …Rc8 Rc1, when the threat is RxN followed by Ne7+, picking up the possible bishop on c6; I’ll calculate the exact details should it arise.


Black flinches here, playing f6, which leads to Ne6 fork, but it’s not hard to see the threat of Ng5, e6, and Nf7 trapping the queen, or winning the exchange and drawing his king onto the f-file, where Qa2+ should win another piece.



4 thoughts on “Tactical Subtleties

  1. That may very well be, and I’ll take the cheapo wins when I can get them, but one reason I put this one up is because Chessx was looking for some tactical games.

    c3 is going to be more of a surprise weapon, if Black plays …d6. If Black plays Nc6 instead of d6, then he can still play …d5 in one go and just about equalize right there.

    White’s idea then is to hopefully get to, and have more familiarity with, the ensuing endgame.

  2. lihnuxguy
    Nice game thanks for that.
    May i use this game at my primary school chess club?
    I would like to because it is a real game with tactics like forks,which children understand.
    If black could not deal with 3.c3 thats blacks problem.
    I thought you attacked well and kept black under pressure the whole game.
    Not allowing them to do anything but react to your play.

  3. Thanks, Chessx! Yes, please do use this game for instructional teaching. 🙂

    Crafty chose Rc5 as well, but not Nc7 (or not immediately). Yet Crafty scored Nc7 just as good as whatever it chose.

    In the initial position, all of my pieces are poised and defending solidly, whereas his light-bishop and queen are blocked out. My queen, bishop, and knight each cover the open dark-squares.

    Also, because the bishop is at b7, it does not cover e6 should he have recaptured the bishop on f5 with gxf. So if he had recaptured with the g-pawn, he cannot easily play f6 as after exf, his e6 pawn would hang – Ng5 could then attack e6 as well as the rook on e1, and If he played Bc8 to cover e6, his N on c6 is left undefended after Nxd. So, Black is in some kind of a bind.

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