What we need to redress the balance is a steady diet of sacrificial combinations that went wrong - attacks launched in a spirit of brilliance only to be shot down in flames. In that spirit, today's position sets the scene for a "White to Play and Lose" puzzle. It comes from a match between Viswanathan Anand (playing Black in this game) and Miguel Illescas currently in progress in Leon, Spain.
White has a good set of the ingredients typical of an imminent combination: his bishops are both on threatening diagonals; one knight occupies a good central outpost; and there may even be a chance to cause disruption by playing d5.
A normal continuation here might be 1.Bg5. Instead, Illescas decided to bring his rook into the attack without delay and played 1.Rd3 Nc4 2.Rg3??! (the real beginning of his losing combination) 2 ... Qxd4 3.Bh6??! White is tempted by such lines as 3
A brilliant interference move and the crowning point of White's combination. What a pity it's all complete nonsense. 6 ... Bxd5! 7.Qxe5. Now White threatens to win with 8.Rxh7+ against Which Black has no defence ... except 7 ... Be4! after which White resigned immediately. He finishes at least a piece behind.Reuse content