Examine all biffs #chess #Tromsø 2014


Today is round 4 of the Tromso Olympiad, and this posting is being made mid round. The game of the daywill doubtless be Carlsen’s graceful demolition (the game has just finished – he makes the difficult look so easy, in hindsight all his moves are logical, but predicting them is impossible) but Vladimir Kramnik’s gam vs Wang Yue had an interesting moment.

Examine all biffs

Vlad has clearly read CJS Purdy since here, rather than playing the move my engine recommends, 1 b5, with a good sized advantage, he played 1 Nf7!?.

I didn’t get the point of it when the move was played. It took me a while to appreciate it: 1…Kf7 2 c5 forces black’s queen to lose protection of his Nc7, so after say 2…Qb5, 3 Qf4+ is a fork, and the LPDO Knight drops off.

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