White to play
Aagaard - Tocco, Arco 2007
I found this week’s position, just like BORP? XXXII's, in Grandmaster versus Amateur (Quality Chess, 2011). A book that doesn’t seem to have made much of an impression on public chess consciousness, but one that I really liked all the same.
Anyhoo, to finally get around to RdC’s question from last week,
Did Shaw in his notes indicate why he rejected it?
"It" being the red pill option of trading to a won pawn ending. Answer: yes he did.
I could argue I was following John Nunn’s DAUT dictum (Don’t Analyse Unnecessary Tactics) and the rook ending in the game is a simple win. The truth is I was falling into the habit of avoiding all tactics and I never spotted that 41 Rd6+ was a legal move.
So there you go.
Anyhoo, back to Aagaard against Tocco which is mentioned in the first chapter of this rather lovely collection of essays.
Keep the rooks on with 72 c6
Go for the pawn ending with 72 Rxd6+
King and pawn Index