Tactics are tricky things.   They are so easy to miss.    Then, when you find one, how deeply do you analyse it to make sure that it is OK?  Does your opponent have any counter-tactics?   It’s all very hard, but this is what chess is about.  Most games are decided by tactics or blunders.  Here is a typical example.

The diagrammed position is from Pokorny v Konecny Prague 1912 where both sides are clearly trying to attack the other side’s King.   It’s White turn and he spots a tactic.  1.Bxf6 and if either 1…Bxf6 or 1…Rxf6 White can play 2.Nxh5 picking up a pawn.   Is this a good plan or not?   How would you advise White?

[fen caption=”White to play … what result?”]r1b2r2/pp4bk/1np2np1/q2p2Bp/3P3P/2NB2N1/PPPQ2P1/2KR3R w – – 0 15[/fen]

ANSWER:

After 1.Bxf6 Rxf6 (1…Bxf6 2.Nxh5 is just winning) 2.Nxh5 seems to be a blunder on account of 2…Bh6 pinning the Q.  Now 3.Nxf6+ Kg7 4.Ne8+ Kh7 5.Nf6+ is good enough for a draw, but does White have better?

Yes! 5.Qg5!! Bxg5+ 6.hxg5+ Kg8 7.Nf6+ Kf7 8.Rh7+ Ke6? (or 8…Kf8 9.Re1 Bd7 10.Bxg6 Be8 11.Rxe8+ Rae8 12.Rf7#) 9.Re1+ Kd6 10.Ne8#.

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