Eva Moser

A puzzle for you. Black to play: what would you suggest?

The solution is at the end of this article.

I was shocked and saddened to hear the recent news that Austrian IM/WGM Eva Moser had died from leukaemia at the age of only 36.

After a successful junior career, Eva was selected to play on top board for the Austian (open) team in the 2004 Olympics, and won the Austrian (open) Championship in 2006. There can’t be many women who have achieved either of these honours. In 2012 she was rated 2471 and ranked the 25th strongest woman in the world. She was also a journalist and recorded several DVDs for ChessBase, who described her as ‘an extremely charming and friendly person’.

I wasn’t familiar with her games, so I decided to play through some of them. This proved to be an enjoyable experience. Eva was clearly a player with a very sharp tactical eye who liked to build up slow but powerful attacks from quiet openings. Do yourself a favour and have a look yourself.

In this exciting game, from one of her most successful events, she managed the rare feat of ending up with three queens to her opponent’s two.

Eva’s premature death is a sad loss to the chess world, and, especially, to the Austrian chess community.

The puzzle at the top of this article is from a game between Sofio Gvetadze and Eva Moser, played in the 2010 EU Women’s Championship.

Eva won by playing 29.. f3 30. hxg4 Qh4+ 31. Kg1 (or 31. Bxh4 fxg2+ 32. Kh2 gxf1=Q+) 31.. fxg2 32. Kxg2 Rexf2+ and Black resigned.

Richard James

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Author: Richard James

Richard James is a professional chess teacher and writer living in Twickenham, and working mostly with younger children and beginners. He was the co-founder of Richmond Junior Chess Club in 1975 and its director until 2005. He is the webmaster of chessKIDS academy (www.chesskids.org.uk or www.chesskids.me.uk) and, most recently, the author of Chess for Kids and The Right Way to Teach Chess to Kids, both published by Right Way Books. Richard has been a member of Richmond & Twickenham Chess Club since 1966. Richard is a published author and his books can be found at Amazon. Richard is currently promoting minichess (games and puzzles using subsets of chess) for younger children through his website www.minichess.uk, and writing coaching materials for children (and adults) who want to start playing serious competitive chess, through www.chessheroes.uk.