Step by Step: Test #27
By Mark Donlan
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Develop an attacking plan for White upon 15…Re8.
Hochmair – Heeren
Queen’s Gambit Declined [D64]
1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 c6 5.Bg5 Nbd7 6.e3 Be7 7.Rc1 0-0 8.Qc2 h6 9.Bf4 a6 10.a3 dxc4 11.Bxc4 b5 12.Ba2 c5 13.0-0 Bb7 14.Ne5 cxd4 15.exd4 Re8
[15…Rc8 was better.] 16.Nxf7!! Kxf7 [Or 16…Qb6 17.Nxh6+ gxh6 18.Qg6+ Kh8 19.Qxh6+ Kg8 20.Bc7!! Qc6 (If 20…Qxc7 21.Bxe6#) 21.f3 and if 21…Nf8 to reinforce e6, then 22.Ne4 discovers an attack on the black queen, when 22…Qd7 23.Nxf6+ Bxf6 24.Qxf6-+ leaves White winning.] 17.Bxe6+!! Kxe6 18.Qg6!! 1-0 [18.Qg6 cutting off the f7 escape square. 18…Nf8 19.Rfe1+ Kd7 (19…Be4 only prolongs the suffering: 20.Rxe4+ Kd7 21.Qf5+ Kc6 22.Nxb5+ Kb7 23.Rc7+ Kb6 24.Nc3 Nd5 25.Nxd5+ Qxd5 26.Qxd5 Rab8 27.Rexe7 Nd7 28.Rxe8 Rxe8 29.Rb7#) 20.Qf5+ Kc6 (20…Ne6 21.Qxe6#) 21.Na4+ Bc5 22.Rxc5#]
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