Tactics of Steel

Here is an interesting and unusual chess tactic from the Tata Steel (Group B) Wijk aan Zee tournament that was played today:
See if you can figure out what Black played in this position.  Answer below.

Black to Play

Wijk aan Zee is a small town on the coast of the North Sea in the municipality of Beverwijk in the province of North Holland of the Netherlands. The prestigious Tata Steel chess tournament formerly Corus chess tournament and before that called Hoogovens tournament takes place there every year.
You can play through the complete game here:
Things to notice about the position:
  • Black is down material.  He has two rooks for the Queen, but is down 2 pawns.
  • Black’s King is stalemated (meaning it is not in check, but cannot move), and none of his pawns can move.
Which helped Black to find:
No matter what the White King does Black is just going to keep checking until White is forced to take both of the rooks.
here are some sample lines:
1. =  (0.00): 52.Kf2 Rd2+ 53.Kxe3 Rd3+ 54.Ke2 Rd2+
2. =  (0.00): 52.Kxe3 Rd3+ 53.Ke2 Rd2+ 54.Kf3 Rd3+
3. =  (0.00): 52.Kg2 Re2+ 53.Kf3 Re3+

This is an example of a suicide rook(s), and is a great tactical idea to know to save games!


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