Greetings Chess Players. My name is Chris Torres and this is my daily chess musing for January 13, 2021. With the Tata Steel Chess Tournament in Wijk aan Zee now just two days away, I thought that it would be nice to share a fascinating puzzle from the same event a couple of years ago that is definitely worthy of study. So for today’s daily chess musing, I have selected to show you an endgame position played between Baskaran Adhiban and Shakhriyar Mamedyarov in which Mamedyarov uses a very nice endgame motif in order to secure a victory in round 6 of the 2018 Tata Steel Masters Chess Tournament. We join this game at move 85 for black. What is Mamedyarov winning plan for black? Did you spot it?
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[Event “Tata Steel Masters”]
[Site “Wijk aan Zee NED”]
[White “Baskaran Adhiban”]
[Black “Shakhriyar Mamedyarov”]
1.c4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 e6 6.a3 Bc5 7.Be3 Nxd4 8.Bxd4 b6 9.e4 Bb7 10.b4 Be7 11.Bd3 d6 12.O-O O-O 13.Qe2 Nd7 14.Rfd1 Rc8 15.Rac1 Qc7 16.Nb5 Qb8 17.Qg4 Nf6 18.Qe2 Nd7 19.Qg4 Ne5 20.Qg3 Ng6 21.f3 Rfd8 22.Bf1 Bh4 23.Qg4 h6 24.Be3 Bf6 25.Nd4 Re8 26.Nb5 Rcd8 27.a4 Bc6 28.Qg3 Bh4 29.Qg4 Re7 30.Bd3 Bf6 31.f4 Qa8 32.Re1 Rdd7 33.Bf2 a5 34.Bxb6 axb4 35.a5 b3 36.Kh1 e5 37.f5 Nf4 38.Bb1 d5 39.exd5 Bxb5 40.cxb5 Qxd5 41.Be4 Qd2 42.a6 b2 43.Rb1 Qb4 44.Bc6 Rd3 45.Be3 Ra3 46.a7 Rexa7 47.Bxa7 Rxa7 48.Qd1 Ra3 49.Be4 Qxb5 50.Qd2 Rb3 51.g3 Nh3 52.Bg2 Ng5 53.h4 Nf3 54.Bxf3 Rxf3 55.Rxb2 Qa4 56.Re3 e4 57.Rb8+ Kh7 58.Kg2 Qc6 59.Rxf3 exf3+ 60.Kf2 Be7 61.Qd3 Bc5+ 62.Kf1 Ba7 63.Rb1 Qc5 64.Ke1 Qf2+ 65.Kd1 f6 66.Rb3 Qg1+ 67.Kc2 Qg2+ 68.Kc3 Qxg3 69.h5 Qe5+ 70.Kb4 Qf4+ 71.Kb5 f2 72.Rb1 Qg4 73.Ra1 Bd4 74.Rf1 Qg2 75.Kc4 Bb6 76.Kb5 Be3 77.Ka4 Bd2 78.Kb5 Be1 79.Kc5 Qg4 80.Kd6 Qxh5 81.Ke7 Qh2 82.Qd8 Qh3 83.Qc8 Bb4+ 84.Ke8 Qh5+ 85.Kd8 Qe2 86.Qc1 Be1 0-1