One thought on “Chess Tactic #398: Kamsky – Basin”

  • Cebú says :

    I found a windmill that gives White two passed pawns:
    1. Rd7 Bxd7 2. Rxf7+ Kg8 (2. …Ke8 3. Bxd7+ Kd8 4. Ne3#) 3. Rxd7+ Kf8 (3. …Kh8 4. Rh7#) 4. Rf7+ Kg8 5. Rxb7+ Kf8 6. Rf7+ Kg8 7. Rxa7+ Kf8 8. Rf7+ Kg8 9. Rc7+ Kf8 10. Rxc3 Bxc3 11. Bxg4 hxg4;
    White’s a and c pawns will advance aided by the king against the dark square bishop (a8 and c8 are light squares). Black’s pawns face the blocking g2 pawn which can be captured by the king only, but he will be busy on the queenside. Therefore the knight will pick up the Black remaining pawns achieving a third passer.

    I considered the reply 1. …Nf6 is good for White also, 2. Rxb7 fxe6 3. Nh7+ Kg8 4. Nxf6+ Bxf6 5. Rxf6.

    The machine went for a defensive move I had overlooked, 1. …Nh6 (this move is what Basin actually played), but White is still better, 2. Rxb7 Rc7 3. Rxc7 Bxc7 4. Bxf7 Bxf7 5. Ne6+.

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