Here’s an endgame position from the game Magnus Carlsen – Pentala Harikrishna, Tata Steel Chess, 2013. White’s a pawn up, but better still, has a winning shot. How did White win immediately? (While on the subject, hope you have been following all the updates on the upcoming World Chess Championship between Viswanathan Anand and Magnus Carlsen at Chess Blog.)


Magnus Carlsen – P Harikrishna

Result: 1-0
Site: Wijk aan Zee
Date: 15.01.2013
[…] 1.♘xf6 ♕xd4
1…♕e7 The Black Queen is forced to stay on the a3-e7 diagonal to cover the Rook on f8 2.♖xf8+ ♕xf8 3.♘xh5 ♕xf5 (3…♕e7 4.f6 gxf6 5.♘xf6) 4.♕xg7#
2.♖xf8#