Notes from the nadir of chess
I enjoyed this one....
It's not that easy to see, because of the different potential tactical themes. Although recognizing them also helps, for example the possible B+R mate on d8 led to thinking about the rook move. 1. Rd8+ is the only one that works, unless I miss my guess.1...Kxd8 2. Bxf6+ and Black loses the queen.1...Ke7 2. Qxe4+
Yes, Rd8+ is the move, although the follow up is given as the direct Qxe4+, since the knight is now pinned to the King who captured on d8 !I'm finding that the R/B combination is a really powerful duo and threat.
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Dave Regis gives a 10-minute guide to the French Defence at the Exeter Chess Club Blog. Its a simple and effective guide to the main line...