Attacking on Opposite Wings

In a closed Sicilian we often get attacks on each side of the board. White typically plays g3,Bg2, f4,f5 and Black often counters with b5,a5,a4,b4 and a3.

This often leads to very exciting games, where it is not at all clear whose attack is best.

In this week’s problem, Black is under severe pressure. But he can turn the tables.

This is a very difficult problem. One clue is that Black’s pawns are very far advanced. Far advanced pawns can often crash through to become a Queen.

But first Black must remove as many White attacking pieces on the Kingside as he can, before he can resume his Queenside attack.

What is Black’s best move?

The solution to last Monday’s problem is that Black wins with 1….Bxg2+ 2. Kxg2 Qh3+ 3. Kxh3 Ng5+ 4. Kg2 Nh4+ 5. Kh1, and now that the White King is back in the corner , Black plays 5… g2 checkmate.

Steven Carr

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About Steven Carr

I am 57 years old, and I am trying to improve my standard of play. From 1998 to 2012, I had a break from chess, playing very few games in that period. I now play more competitive chess and I currently have a English grading of 184. I hope to get a grading of over 200 one day. I normally play in the Merseyside League and play Board 1 for Wallasey.