Hugh Edward Myers against Dmitri Poliakoff in 1955: White to move
Q: Here Black has the initiative but is far from winning. His last move was 47…Qc4 which sets-up a trap. Can you see it?
A: In the game, White failed to do so and lost in the next two moves:
48. Ra4 Qxf1!! 49. Bxf1 – Nf2#
Instead White can prolong the fight with 48. Rb2.
Torre against Ribli in 1983: Black to move
Q: In this position, Black played 66…Rd8 which leads to quick disaster. Can you see how?
A: Torre replied with:
67…Kb8 leads to the same result.
Mate can’t be prevented. The idea is to play Ra7 & Rb7 followed by mate with a knight check from c7 or a7.
The pain can be prolonged with 68…Rh8 but instead he choose to throw in the towel.
Georgios Makropoulos against Ivan Farago in 1988: Black to move
Knowing the pattern doesn’t always leads to checkmate. Here in this example you can win some material based on pattern as white can avoid the worse.
Q: How will you proceed from here?
White should now play 30. Rf1 in order to stop checkmate. Instead he blundered:
30. Nxf4?? Nf2#
If 30 fxe3 then Qxe4 leads to mate. Only 30. Rf1 can extend the fight but black should win because of his two extra pawns.