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Friday’s winning 5-second tactics
gm Kritz, Leonid (2595)
Zhao, Parker (2395)
New England Masters; 2008.8.15 Position after Black’s 21st move, 21…Rb8, attack the b-pawn. I like this example! White can defend his pawn with 22.b3, or even better: 22.Na4, with a small positional advantage in each case. But there is better, MUCH better! Are you up to it?
WHITE TO PLAY AND CRUSH!
gm Williams, Simon K
Allen, Keith (2197)
PokerStars IoM Masters ; Douglas 2014.10.9 Position before Black’s 18th move. White had just made a serious error (18.Re5), no doubt only considered 18…Qf6 19.Qe2! with a fine game. Now Black has a great opportunity…
BLACK TO PLAY AND CRUSH!
PokerStars IoM Masters ; Douglas 2014.10.9 Position after 26 moves of play. A great example of turn-around in chess. A couple of moves ago Black was on top, and had forced this position, thinking that she was winning. It is easy to understand why: if now White takes the exchange 27.Bxf8(?) Rxf8 Black’s attack is unstoppable: 28.Qh4 f6 29.Qh6 Qa3! etc.
HOWEVER, as the late great Dane,Bent Larsen, liked to say ”Long variation: Wrong variation!”
WHITE TO PLAY AND WIN!
New England Masters; 2008.8.15 Zhao, Parker –Kritz, Leonid : 22.Qg6!! Brilliant! If now 22…Qxb2+ 23.Kd2 PxQ (what else?) 24.RxR+ and 25.h5 with forced mate! In the game Black found the only way to resist, but his task is impossible: 22…Qe3+ 23.Kd1 fxg6 24.Rxf8+ Kh7 25.h5 Qxd3+ 26.cxd3 Bd7 27.hxg6+ Kxg6 28.Kc2 and the rest is easy: 28… Rc8 29.d4 Kg5 30.Rhf1 g6 31.R1f7 Bc6 32.Re7 1-0
PokerStars IoM Masters ; Douglas 2014.10.9 Allen, Keith–Williams, Simon K: 18…Rxf2!! 0-1 After 19.Kxf2 Qxh2+! (More forceful that 19…Qf6+) 20.Ke3 ( 20.Kf3 Rf8+ 21.Bf5 g4+! Is deadly ) 20…Qxg3+ 21.Kd4 c5+ etc.
PokerStars IoM Masters;Douglas 2014.10.9 Ferguson,Mark–Paehtz,Elisabeth: 27.Be7!! Threatening mate in one move! If now 27…f6 28.Qxg6 Qb6 29.d6! as in the game. The game continued: 27… f5 28.Qh4 Qb6 29.d6! Kg7 30.h8=Q+ 1-0 It is forced mate
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