SPRAGGETT ON CHESS
The 2013 Polish Championship (both men and women) is taking place between the 13th and 21st of this month. Both are very strong events. The men’s tournament is run as a swiss, while the other is an all-play-all tournament.
You should take a look at the website, it is perfect! A model of how tournament organizers should present their tournaments to the online world. Lots of photos, videos, games and much more. Real classy!
Below is a small selection of 5-second tactics for my readers to train with!
SOLUTIONS LATER TODAY
wgm Szczepkowska-Horowska, Karina
BLACK TO PLAY AND MATE IN 3 MOVES!
Position after 22 moves of a sharp Sicilian. White has sacrificed a pawn for the initiative and has succeeded in mobilizing his forces completely. The Black monarch can not seem to decide which side to castle…something very risky in our noble game.
HOW CAN WHITE GET A DECISIVE ADVANTAGE?
Position after 22 moves. Once more White is fully developed and must now decide how to proceed. Taking the c-pawn seems too pedestrian. One would expect more from this position…
WHITE TO PLAY AND WIN!
Position after 18…a6, attacking the Knight on b5. If now 19.Pxe6 then simply 19…PxN and Black is better. In the game continuation White played 19.Nc3 and after 19…b5! if anyone is better it is Black!
INSTEAD, HOW CAN WHITE GET THE ADVANTAGE HERE?
Position after White’s 26th move (26.b3). Black is more actively placed, but two factors should concern White: his inactive Knight on b1 and the long diagonal a8-h1.
BLACK TO PLAY AND GET A DECISVE ADVANTAGE!
Position after 25 moves in a typical, super-sharp Sicilian with both sides crashing in on the other’s Monarch. In the game continuation White played the pedestrian 26.Bxd4–good enough to stay on top– and eventually won, BUT things were not entirely clear.
White has better in this position!
WHITE TO PLAY AND CRUSH BLACK!—————————————————
Gasik, Anna–Szczepkowska-Horowska, Karina: Black mates starting with 24…Rf1+
Szelag, Marcin–Gajek, Radoslaw: White crashes thru with 23.Bxe6! fxe6 24.Nxe6 Rg8 25.Qxh6! Nd7 26.Qh7! with a forced mate in 4 moves
Czakon, Jakub–Licznerski, Lukasz: 23.Nxf6!! Beautiful 23… Rxf6 24.Rxf6 Kxf6 25.Qc3+ Kf7 26.Qh8! Bf5 27.Qxa8 Bc8 28.Qb8 1-0
Gajewski, Grzegorz–Orzech, Dominik: Here White missed 19.Nc7! with advantage in every line. If 19… b5 20.Ne5! or if 19…exf5 20.Qxe7 Qxc7 21.Ne5 Qb8 22.Bxf5 with pressure If instead the natural 19…Qxc7 20.fxe6 fxe6 ( 20…Nb8 21.exf7+ Kh8 22.Rxf6! wins ) 21.Qxe6+ Rf7 22.Ne5 etc. Best seems 20…Nc5! 21.exf7+ Rxf7 22.Ne5 and Black must defend carefully.
Macieja, Bartlomiej–Dragun, Kamil: Black struck with 26…Rxd3! 27.exd3 Ng5! 28.Kf1 Qh1+ 29.Ke2 when now the simplest win is 29…Qf3+ 30.Kf1 ( 30.Kd2 Qf6! ) 30…Rb5! and White can not last long.
Worek, Joanna–Przezdziecka, Marta: The fastest win is 26.Rdh1!! threatening mate along the h-file! If now 26…Na3+ 27.Kc1 Rxc2+ ( 27…Rxg7 28.Rh8+ Kf7 29.Rxd8 ) 28.Qxc2 Bxe3+ 29.Kd1 etc