This is the final part of the series of articles “Interpretation of chess moves” prepared by Srikanth G., a friend of the RCA Academy Manager. Missed the first two parts? Don’t worry, you can read them now:

Now, let’s go to the final part of this series, which is about creating ideas in chess.

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In the concluding part of this series of articles, let us examine two games which are considered ‘twins’ for the finishing idea and how it was conceived!

Chess is all about conceiving ideas which could be and not which will be… there are no guarantees, but a master always tries to conjure up what he envisions!

Axel Bachmann — Shakhriyar Mamedyarov

World Rapid, 2015

Black to play

16…Bf3!

A fine move! The idea reveals itself in the follow-up to it.

17.Bf3 Ne5 18.Be2 Nc4 19.Rbd1 Bd6! 20.Ba1 Bb8 21.ab5 ab5 22.g3 Ba7!?

White to play

White is doing fine, maintaining considerable pressure on b5 and having his pieces neatly placed. Black is also doing fine and his pieces, especially the knight on c4, are doing a great job! There is no second weakness for both sides, except for their primary b-pawn weakness.

With this bishop repositioning, which needs to be looked at with a bit of skepticism, Black at least succeeds in creating some doubt in White’s mind.

23.Rd3 Qb7? 24.Nb1?

Time… or too much pessimism!? It happens most of the time that when one side is trying to do something… a chance is spilt. With his 23…Qb7?, Black allows the White knight to capture the b-pawn, which fell on a blind spot for both players! 23.Nb5 Qb5 24.Rc3!

Black to play

The only explanation that can be given for this move is that White did not want to allow… Nc4-e5-f3

24…e5 25.Rfd1 h5!

White to play

Obviously! The light squares in front of White’s king are sending an invite!

26.Rc3 h4 27.Bf1 Qf3 28.Nd2?

Jumping straight into the fire. 28.Bg2 was probably a lesser evil; but after 28…..Qh5 with hg3 to follow, White will still feel the heat.

28…Nd2 29.Rd2 Ne4

White to play

30.Rc8 Rc8 31.Rc2

Else the Black rook lands on c1 with devastating effect.

31…Rc2 32.Qc2 Nf2!

A riddle: is the meaning of… Bd6-b8-a7 conceived by Black or was it provided by White!?

33.Qe2 Nh3! 0–1

In the next game, we move back to 1978.

Werner Hug — Victor Kortchnoi

Switzerland, 1978

Black to play

Well, in some ways this is dissimilar to the game we have considered above; but in the spirit of the finish we will witness, it is the same! Kortchnoi started weaving a fine net with…

15…Nf3 16.Bf3 Rfd8! 17.Qb3

A natural response by White to a natural move by Black.

17…b4 18.Ne4?!

Black to play

Played with all naivety! This natural move turns out to be the starting point for a great finish. 18.Nb1 was better. Well, it is always easy to offer an opinion in hindsight, but that is precisely the commentator’s job!!

18…Ne4! 19.Be7 Rc1 20.Rc1 Qf2 21.Kh1 Rc8! 22.Qd1

Black to play

If 22.Rc8 Bc8, then 23.Qd1 Qf3! followed by Nf2.

22…Rc1 23.Qc1 Bc6! 24.Bb4 Qe2!! 0–1

After 25.Be2…

25…Ng3! 26.Kg1 Ne2 followed by Nc1 wins a piece. And so White resigned

The final position deserves a diagram!

You can watch the complete games here.

Did you enjoy this series of articles by Srikanth? What is your opinion of the writer and the lessons? Did you learn something new or interesting?

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