White to play and win
Lev Aronian- Ruslan Ponomariov, Bilbao 15/9/14
Seen in Malcolm Pein’s Daily Telegraph column. A difficult one, see below for Malcolm’s hint (which didn’t help me to solve it, I still struggled).
Malcolm gave a hint ‘think what would you play if black were to play Kh3”.
A real challenge for me. The hint didn’t help. I knew black’s king had to be in a mating net if white were to win, but what to play?
Eventually I returned to CJS Purdy’s basics.
One net: black’s king is somewhat short of space;
Three ties: the queen is tied to defending the Bc7 and Ph6; and the Bc7 tied to watching the b8 promotion square;
Two LPDOs: the pawns on a5 and f5. (LPDOs being John Nunn, not Cecil Purdy)
Examine all biffs: and this gave the solution: 1 Be6! when there we…
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