Keep It Simple, Stupid

Try not to let your opponent get unneeded counterplay. Try to keep things under control if you can.

For example, in the following position, the very strong grandmaster playing Black, played Kxb3. This allowed Qb5+ and this led to a very messy position where White was able to get a draw eventually. Certainly, after Qb5+ the position becomes very difficult to analyse, and very hard for Black to find the win.

Kxb3 is the right idea for Black, but first he must find a move that stops White’s counterplay. What is that move?

The solution to last Monday’s problem is that f4 wins for Black as he can eventually queen the h-pawn.

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.