Test your chess: daily chess puzzle # 139 (variation)


White to play: evaluate the Greek gift sacrifice

(Refinement of piece placing from position 139)

Here, with the only difference being that the white rook is on a1 and not on c1, the Greek gift is nowhere near as strong. I saw the line when looking at the game position, noting how 'lucky' white was that his rook was well placed.

What's the difference? 1 Bh7? Kh7! 2 Qh5+ Kg8[] 3 Be5 Re5! 4 Qf7+ Kh8!


And now 5 Qb7?? loses to 5…Re7! 6 Qc6 Rc8! and white's queen is trapped.


So, instead of 5 Qb7, white is left with the rook lift 5 Ra3! met by 5…Bc8 , 6 Rg3 (the reason why 4…Kh8! is better than 4…Kh7: Rg7 won't be check) 6…Qe7 and black defends everything (again, if 4…Kh7?, 6…Qe7 would simply lose, 7 Rg7+ and 8 Qe7 1-0)

The position after 6…Qe7 still has some…

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Chris Torres is a nationally renowned scholastic chess coach working in both Bakersfield and the San Francisco Bay Area. His classes have attracted players of strengths ranging from rank beginners to world champions. A chess professional since 1998, Chris is widely recognized as one of the main driving forces behind the explosion in popularity and sudden rise in quality of scholastic chess in California. Currently, Chris Torres has the ranking of candidate master and serves as the President of the Torres Chess and Music Academy. Mr. Torres’ hobbies include playing classical guitar and getting his students to appear on the national top 100 chess rating lists.

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