As part of the Book Challenge I am currently working on the first of the ten volume Yusupov series.
I managed a perfect score on the first test save for this one position with Black to move.
Here I correctly found the first move, but then after White’s reply I missed the best continuation.
The game is listed between N.N. – Morphy so I’m assuming it’s likely from a simul or was some sort of odds game. The position was not in my database, but I don’t have Megabase.
Highlight the text between the brackets for the solution.
[ 1…Ng3 is the first move, which I saw. My thought process was that the knight can’t be taken since White’s queen would hang, and if White takes Black’s queen with 2.Qxh7 then 2…Nde2 mates. However, what I missed was that after 2.Qxd4 Ne2+ 3.Kh1 the correct move is not to take the Queen with 3…Nxd4 but rather for Black to sac his queen with 3…Qxh7+ 4.Kxh7 Rh8+ ]
I’m still please with the first test’s overall results, but I will continue to strive for perfection.
Til Next Time,