♡ 33 ( +1 | -1 ) FISHER - SPASSKY (Game 9 - 1992) 15.e5!!In looking over this game, the STANDARD CHESS OPENINGS by: Eric Schiller states (page 145), "The first sign of serious trouble for Black. The pawn cannot be taken." Can someone please show me the line if Black takes this pawn? The book does not explain the statement. THANKS - Rich
♡ 46 ( +1 | -1 ) Taking a guessAt first glance, by an admitted patzer, I'd say: If 15...Bxe5 obviously 16.Rxd8 If 15...fxe5 then it's about positional matters. I don't see any killer tactical shots. The dark-squared bishop ends up looking rather stupid. Out of the two freeing moves e4 can't be played, and c4 weakens already crumbly-looking kingside pawns. Otherwise it will take a while to wiggle the bishop around from behind the pawn chain, time black doesn't have...
♡ 69 ( +1 | -1 ) I think White should refute 15...fxe5 tactically, too. My suggestion is 16.axb6 axb6 17.Ne4 Kc6 18.Rxd6+ Rxd6 19.Nxd6 Kxd6 20.Rxa6 with a winning position. The pawns b6 and c5 are doomed. Note the threat 21.Nxc5! 17...Be7 is refuted by 18.Rxd8 Bxd8 19.Nbxc5+ bxc5+ 20.Nxc5+ and 21.Nxe6 16...Bxb3 17.axb3 [17.dxc7!? is possible, too.] 17...axb6 18.Ne4 Kc6 19.Rxd6+ Rxd6 20.Nxd6 Kxd6 21.Rxa6 should be a win for White. He'll follow up with b4 and then pick up both black pawns on the Queen's wing. 16...Bxb3 17.axb3 axb6 18.Ne4 Be7 19.Rxd8 Bxd8 20.Nd6+ and 21.Nf7 captures the rook on h8. 16...Bxb3 17.axb3 Kxb6 might be the best try though Black's position is horrible after 18.b4. Note the threat 19.Na4+.