Puzzle of the week #379

Submitted by Eugen on Sun, 02/02/2020 - 18:58
Chess Diagram
[Event "Puzzle #379"][Date "2020.02.02"][Result "1/2-1/2"][SetUp "1"][FEN "1b6/7p/2p1NR2/4p3/4K3/2k2P2/6p1/8 w - - 0 1"]
The first puzzle of the year challenges you to figure out what to do in a difficult situation. Anyone can play when their position is good. It takes good players to play when their position is bad. Your task is:
a) White to move and save the game

Total available points for this puzzle is 10. The answers will be published next time together with puzzle #380.

Puzzle #378 solution:
Game Gaerths – Boehme, Germany 1993. This week's best answers are by the top scorers:
a) This is the English opening
b) White's advantage is overwhelming. It consists of:
- Complete control over the center
- Pressure on the f7-weak pawn
- Black has 2 undeveloped pieces and only 2 defenders of the castle
[Event "Puzzle #378"][Date "2019.12.01"][Result "1-0"]1.c4 Nf6 2.Nc3 e6 3.Nf3 Be7 4.e4 d6 5.d4 Nc6 6.Be2 b6 7.O-O Bb7 8.d5 exd5 9.cxd5 Ne5 10.Nd4 O-O 11.Nf5 Bc8 12.f4 Ng6 13.Nd4 Bb7 14.Be3 a6 15.Rc1 Qd7 16.Kh1 Bc8 17.Nc6 Bd8 18.Bd4 Re8 19.e5 dxe5 20.fxe5 Nxd5 {Solution} 21.Nxd5 Qxd5 22.Bc4 Qd7 23.Bxf7+ Kh8 24.e6 {In the game} 24...Qd5 (24...Qd6 25.Bxe8 Bxe6 26.Bxg6 hxg6 27.Qf3 {White is winning}) 25.Bxg7+

Correct solutions:
Glyn, Eric, Joey, Matthew - 25 points
Lucas, Zhengyu, Walter - 16 points
Zach - 11 points

Matthew - 130 points
Eric - 126 points
Joey - 122 points

Zhengyu - 119 points
Walter - 92 points
Aiden - 89 points
Harry - 83 points
Glyn - 74 points
Lucas - 70 points
Zach - 58 points
Lyvia - 11 points
Steven - 6 points