Friday’s 5-second chess tactics
WHO IS TRAPPING WHO?
gm TARTAKOWER, S
Vienna, 1920. A famous encounter between two giants. Position after Black’s 16th move (16…Re6), setting a diabolical trap for White. If now 17.Qf3? Rae8! and White loses material in all lines, for example, 18.QxB BxN! with too many threats (…Bh2+ or BxR). Other moves on the 18th also run into problems…
HOWEVER, Tartakower saw thru Reti’s scheme and not only did he not fall into the trap but he found the refutation! White has a way to get the advantage!
WHAT IS WHITE’S STRONGEST MOVE IN THE POSITION ABOVE?
Richard Reti, 1889-1929, was a tremendously talented player. Possibly even a genius. But living in a world inhabited by Capablanca and Alekhine–not to mention Lasker–he proved too sensitive an artist to reach the top. Reti died prematurely. Fortunately his games and studies (and opening contributions) live on as some of the most remarkable achievements in chess.
From Sarajevo earlier this month. Position after 31 moves. An exciting position! Black threatens …Rd1+. If White rushes things with 32.a7? then 32…Rd1+ 33.Kf2 RxR 34.a8(Q) Rd1!! and White has nothing better than a draw, as the reader can verify for himself!But Nikolic finds a very subtle resource that allows him to score the whole point…
WHITE TO PLAY AND WIN!
NO HORSING AROUND…
From the Edmonton International taking place right now. Position after 25 moves of play. Everything seems normal in the position except the fact that the Black King is in an awkward situation. This gives rise to a tactical theme that allows the young Albertan grandmaster to score quickly…
WHITE TO PLAY AND WIN!
Canadian grandmaster Eric Hansen is currently Canada’s highest rated active player. Originally born in the US, he calls Alberta his home these days. Eric is part of a new generation of young Canadian players who think internationally and don’t allow themselves to get bogged down with CFC bullshit. Several years ago Eric was victimized by sectarian Ontario chess politics and was excluded from the National Team. In 2012, despite vigorous attempts by some to exclude him once more from the National Team, Eric scored a great result in the Olympiad and soon became a recognized grandmaster.SOLUTIONS Tartakower S–Reti Richard: 17.Nxf7 !! Rae8 ( 17…Kxf7 18.Qf3! ) 18.Rxe6 Rxe6 19.Bb2 Bf8 20.Ng5 and White is a clear pawn up. He won in 31 moves.
Nikolic,Pr–Sutkovic,D: 32.Kf2!! ( 32.a7 Rd1+ 33.Kf2 Rxc1 34.a8=Q Rd1 ) Rd1 33.Rxc2!! Bxc2 34.a7 Ra1 35.b6 1-0 The pawns decide
Hansen, Eric–Haessel, Dale: 26.Ne6+!! Kg8 27.Qc3 1-0