Step by Step: Test #20
By Mark Donlan
Step by Step: Test is designed to test and improve your chess skills. For best results, set the position up on the board and think for as long as you need without moving the pieces.
From the diagrammed position, suggest a good move for White.
Wheeler, Cameron (2127) – Chesterkine, Vassili (1761)
Wch U12 Maribor (1.5), 08.11.2012
English Opening [A29]
1.c4 Nf6 2.g3 e5 3.Bg2 d5 4.cxd5 Nxd5 5.Nc3 Be6 6.Nf3 Nc6 7.0-0 Nb6 8.d3 Be7 9.a3 0-0 10.b4 f6 11.b5 Nd4 12.Nd2 Nd5 13.Bxd5 Bxd5 14.e3 Nxb5 15.Nxb5 Bc6 16.Qb3+ Kh8 17.a4 Qd7 18.Ba3 Bxa3 19.Nxa3 Rad8 20.Rfc1 Qh3 21.Rxc6 bxc6 22.Ne4 Qg4 23.Nc5 Rd5 24.Rc1 Qg6 25.Nc4 Rxc5 26.Qa3 Rd8 27.Qxc5 Qxd3 28.Qxc6 h6 29.Qxc7 Rd7 30.Qc8+ Kh7 31.Nb2 Qd2 32.Qc2+ Qxc2 33.Rxc2 Kg6 34.Kf1 Kf5 35.Ke2 Kg4 36.Rc4+ Kf5 37.Rc6 Ke4 38.Nd3 Kd5 39.Nb4+ Ke4
40.g4! 1-0 Threatens both 41.Rc4# and 41.f3#.
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