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Is there a combination here that works ??

I got this position in an online game on ICC. Black has just played ...R8d5. I am currently a pawn down and I was happy he played that move and executed a combination and earned a draw. Can you spot it as well.

After you spot it, can you also find a flaw in it?


  1. 1.N:e6 is a try, but after 1...f:e 2.Q:e6+ Qf7 3.Qc8+ Nf8 seems ok for black.

  2. But, after Nf8+, white has Rf1!

    Infact in game, this is what happened

    1...f:e 2.Q:e6+ Qf7 3.Qc8+ Nf8 4.Rf1 Qe7 5.Rxf8! Qxf8 6.Qe6+ with a draw

    But there is actually a flaw. can u find it ??

  3. 1.N:e6?! Qe7!
    2.N any Re5! and wins, unless there is something else.

  4. on Nxe6 Qe7, I think white can play Nf4, so that on ...Re5 white has Nxg6 attacking Queen on e7. I am not sure though. I need to setup board and analyze Qe7 further. But, it could be an option. Black actually has a refutation after Nxe6 fxe6 Qxe6+ Qf7 Qc8+ Nf8 Rf1.

    My opponent played ...Qe7 here and we had a draw to moves later. but instead of ...Qe7, there in an in-between move.

  5. You are right, but after Rf1 I could not find anything. Neither Qa7+, Rd1+ nor Rf5 would work. What am I missing. Marijan

  6. Well, the inbetween move is indeed Qa7+ before Qe7 forcing the king to h1.

    So after Nxe6 fxe6 Qxe6+ Qf7 Qc8+ Nf8 Rf1 Qa7+!! Kh1 (forced otherwise, black rook can move and give check after which, white will simply be a piece down) Qe7!. The only difference now is that now white king is on h1, rather than g1. So if now Rxf8 Qxf8 Qe6+ Kh8!! and white does not have time to capture black rook due to mate threat at f1.

    Its amazing. Its so difficult to see this move and then decide not to play Nxe6. Almost impossible I would think.