Chess Puzzle with FIDE Master Dennis Monokroussos
I’m happy to serve you on behalf of ChessUSA, and would like to say a little about myself and about how I will contribute to this blog. First, I’m a FIDE Master, but most of my chess activity the past 16 years has been teaching the game, whether through individual lessons, working with kids in schools, or by recording videos over the internet. I’ve also run The Chess Mind blog since 2005, but now let me speak about how I will contribute to this blog.
The plan is for me to post twice a week, and each of the two weekly posts will have its own theme. One of the weekly posts will present a tip, some advice, maybe a trick – something you can use to play better chess and to improve your results. The second post will have a new puzzle, along with the solution to and an explanation of the previous week’s puzzle. That’s the plan for now, but based on your feedback the content and the level of difficulty may be adjusted.
To get the ball rolling, let me begin with a puzzle from one of the most crazy and entertaining games I ever played in a tournament. I played very risky, creative chess – beginning with a queen sac on move 6! – but my opponent (who has black here) was absolutely up to the occasion. Through this point he has played extremely well, had an answer for everything I threw at him and survived serious time trouble, too. Now the game is just about in the bag for him. We start here, with the position after his 52nd move:
Our Chess Discussion this week…
At this point I played 53.b3-b4. What should he do – or alternatively, what should he not do, and why?
Please go ahead and discuss below. What do you think? Add your opinion and we’ll take a look next week at how the game ended and why.