The Mongolian Tactic (3)

I will not return alive if I do not defeat the Jin army!
General Muqali

All chess enthusiasts have been treated royally between the end of July and the beginning of August. The Chennai Chess Olympiad has been exciting, well organized and well presented in the media both live and online. I have been rooting for my own subjective selection of teams and also have enjoyed many of the highlights presented by some of the top chess specialists. One of them I follow and respect is Dr. Karsten Muller.
He inspired this article.

Let’s have a look at the following Rook and pawns endgame. You are Black and it is your turn to move. What would you do?

I hope you would want to play for a win. Despite popular belief not all rook endgames are drawn; even if most of them are, give it a shot anyway to see what your opponent knows. It is far easier to play with an advantage as small as it may be. If nothing comes out of it, you gain some practical experience and get the draw anyway.

A nice winning plan has been presented by Karsten in one of his “Endgames from Chennai” articles. It is summarized below and it should impress because of its simplicity:

Unfortunately for Black she did not play as suggested above. It is not clear why; maybe she thought it was a won position anyway? Advancing the passer, blocking White’s kingside pawns and freeing up the king seems pretty straight forward. Instead Black offered an ill advised pawn exchange. It was all White needed to save the game:

If you have been reading my articles, White’s tactical idea that saved the game might look familiar. Move 47. g4!! is called “the Mongolian tactic” and proves one more time how useful it can be. You can refresh your knowledge of it by going over my past two articles on the subject:
The Mongolian Tactic Origin
The Mongolian Tactic
I hope that one day this might help you draw or win a game as you deserve.

Eugen Demian

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The player – my first serious chess tournament was back in 1974, a little bit late for today’s standards. Over the years I have had the opportunity to play all forms of chess from OTB to postal, email and server chess. The journey as a player brought me a lot of experience and a few titles along the way: FIDE CM (2012), ICCF IM (2001) and one ICCF SIM norm (2004). The instructor – my career as a chess teacher and coach started in 1994 and continues strong. I have been awarded the FIDE Instructor title (2007) for my work and have been blessed with great students reaching the highest levels (CYCC, NAYCCC, Pan-Am, WYCC). I am very proud of them! See my website for more information. I have developed my own chess curriculum on 6 levels based on my overall chess knowledge and hands-on experience. A glimpse of it can be seen in my first chess app:
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