Friday’s winning 5-second tactics
“Focus on what’s next, not what came before.”
― Sarah Fine, Chaos
wgm Makropoulou,M (2165)
37th ch-GRE w Vrachati 2014.12.4 Position before Black’s 27th move. Try as hard as she could to build a solid position, White has been outplayed and finds herself busted. Black can now win decisive material with 27…Rxg2+ 28.KxR Bh3+ and 29…Bd2!. However, curiously, Black has an even stronger continuation!
WHAT IS IT?
wgm Girya,O (2457)
wgm Kashlinskaya,A (2439)
ch-RUS w Kazan 2014.12.4 Position before Black’s 35th move. Black has been steadily outplaying her opponent and is up an exchange for a pawn. White hopes that her passed well protected passed pawn will give her chances of salvation…but her illusion is soon dispelled!
BLACK TO PLAY AND WIN!
GAINING EXPERIENCE CAN BE…PAINFUL!
Igor Lysyj (photo above) is leading the Russian Championship by half a point. It could have been more, as he unnecessarily lost today’s round when he let his guard down for a small moment:
Position after White’s 32nd move. Black’s Bishop on a3 is being attacked. The game is heading, inevitably it seems, to a draw. With pawns only on the Kingside, how can one play for a win? Curiously, Black must exercise some caution as both of his Bishops are vulnerable to attack and his King has no luft.
Correct is now 32…Bb2! 33.Rab1 Ba4! ( 33…Be6 34.Bd4 ) when all danger has passed and the draw will soon be agreed: 34.Re2 Be5 35.Rxb8+ Bxb8 36.Ra2 Bd7 37.Ra8 Re8 etc.
HOWEVER, Iysyj, probably thinking every road leads to Rome, played…
WHITE TO PLAY AND WIN!
37th ch-GRE w Vrachati 2014.12.4 Androni,K–Makropoulou,M: 27…Bh3! 28.Bh1 Bf1!! 0-1
ch-RUS w Kazan 2014.12.4 Kashlinskaya,A–Girya,O: 35…R8xc7! The point is that after 36.BxR Qd2! there is a mating attack along the second rank. The game continued: 36.Re5 Qd1+ 37.Kh2 Rxg2+! Brutal 38.Kxg2 Rc2+ 0-1
67th ch-RUS Kazan 2014.12.5 Zvjaginsev,V–Lysyj,I: 33.Ra6! Bc7 ( Also insufficient is 33…Bb4 34.Rb1 Re6 35.Ra8; or 33…Rd8 34.Rb1 Be6 35.Rxd6! etc; Relatively best is 33…Be5 34.Rb1 g5!? Though after 35.Ra3 Be6 36.Rxb8+ Bxb8 37.Ra8 Re8 38.Ba7 White should win) 34.Rb1 Be5 ( 34…g6 35.Ra3 Be6 36.Rxb8+ Bxb8 37.Ra8 Re8 38.Bf4 ) 35.Ra3 ( 35.Ba7! is even more precise ) 35…Bc4 36.Rxb8+ Bxb8 37.Ra8 1-0
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