Saturday, January 3, 2015

Tactical Resources

This blog probably isn't really back from retirement, but I just came across an interesting resource in an online blitz game. I had white in the position below against a higher rated player.

Positionally I should be doing well, with active pieces and an exposed black king, but I couldn't find a way out of the pin on my bishop. After 20 seconds (remember, it's blitz) I played Qe5 and went into a lost position, which I won only after a horrific blunder by my opponent.

The computer pointed out to me, that not only am I OK in the diagrammed position, but I'm probably winning. Can you find a way to save the bishop? Please post answers in the comments. That's where I'll post the solution later.