Colorado Springs Independent Column #3

You can read the column here (PDF).

Answer: 41. Rb6! is a nice tactic that accomplishes multiple things at one time. It attacks the Black Rook on b5, It threatens Bf3#, The Rook move protects the White Bishop on b7, which was hanging.

It is pretty because the rook can be captured in two different ways by both the rook and bishop, and also ignores the bishop that is hanging. 

From the game Chase Yarbrough – Dragan Plakalovic, Tri-Lakes Open, Monument, CO, October, 2011

 [Event “2011 Tri Lakes Open”]
[Site “Monument, CO”]
[Date “2011.10.01”]
[Round “1”]
[White “Yarbrough, Chase”]
[Black “Plakalovic, Dragan”]
[Result “1-0″]
[ECO “D45″]
[BlackElo “1667”]
[PlyCount “83”]

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 d5 4. cxd5 exd5 5. e3 Nbd7 6. Nf3 Bd6 7. Bd3 O-O 8.
Qc2 Re8 9. O-O c6 10. e4 dxe4 11. Nxe4 Nxe4 12. Bxe4 Nf6 13. Bg5 h6 14. Bxf6
Qxf6 15. Rfe1 Bg4 16. Re3 Bxf3 17. Rxf3 Qxd4 18. Bh7+ Kh8 19. g3 Re7 20. Rd1
Qc5 21. Rc3 Qe5 22. Re3 Qf6 23. Qf5 Qxf5 24. Bxf5 Rxe3 25. fxe3 Bc5 26. Kf2 g6
27. Bh3 Re8 28. Re1 Kg7 29. Kf3 Rd8 30. Rc1 Bb6 31. Ke2 f5 32. b4 Kf6 33. a4 a5
34. b5 cxb5 35. axb5 Re8 36. Rc3 Re5 37. Bg2 Rxb5 38. Bxb7 Bxe3 39. Rc6+ Kg5
40. h4+ Kh5 41. Rb6 Rd5 42. Bxd5 1-0

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