What should Black play in the position below? Click on “Read more on Plovdiv Puzzle” below to see the answer.
My Baden Oos team finished up 5th in the Eurocup exactly where we were seeded, highlights included the good performance of Jan Gustafsson who won the gold medal on board 6. If you are cleverer than me and know some German you might like to check out his website
Arkadij Naiditsch’s win in the last round against Arman Pashikian was a very nicely controlled game in a pressure situation which won the match 3.5-2.5. However the score would probably have been higher had I found Nxf2 in the diagram above. Some more details on the oversightfest below. Hard to explain the errors; whilst I regard tactical oversights as something of a regretable personal speciality, Aronian, who was in good form during the event moving his rating over 2800, doesn’t usually miss much.