Friday’s 5-second tactics!
I will add more training exemples as the day gets on. Solutions will be posted at the end of the blog article. GOOD LUCK!
Position after Black’s 16th move (16…Ng6). From the Karpov Tournament taking place right now. The game is about even, with White having a bit more space but Black being compact and solid.
The White Queen must move, and the simplest move is 17.Qd2, hitting the Black d-pawn. Ofcourse, Black can just defend it (in a number of ways) and the game would continue. INSTEAD, probably momentarily losing his sense of danger, the Bulgarian superstar made a fatal error:
It is very rare that a strong grandmaster (rated over 2700 for a while) simply overlooks losing a piece!
THE BREAK THRU!
gm Lopez Martinez, J
Championship of Spain just the other day in Linares. Position after 25 moves. White has played a controlled game up to now and Black finds himself tied up and unable to get any play. Just the right circumstances for a bit of elegance…