Puzzle Worthy Position 44

Since it’s inception in 2018, the Tata Steel Chess India tournament has invited five of the most talented Indian Grandmasters to compete in their home country against an equal number of top international competitors. The annual event features the strongest rapid and blitz chess on the subcontinent. For 2022, the Tata Steel Chess India event doubles the amount of top notch chess by adding a Women’s tournament with an identical structure.

Today’s puzzle worthy position comes from round 2 of the 2022 Tata Steel India chess tournament. GM Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, who is fresh off a disappointing result at the Meltwater Champions Chess Tour Finals in San Francisco, has bounced back quickly in Kolkata. In particular, his victory over GM S.P. Sethuraman concluded with a nice tactical combination. In the position below, Grandmaster Sethuraman (black) has just played 29… Qd5. Can you spot the combination that GM Mamedyarov used to win the game?

White to move and win (GM Mamedyarov vs. GM Sethuraman, Tata Steel Chess India 2022, Round 2 on 11/29/22 in Kolkata).

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