Monday’s 5-second tactics!
BINDI CHENG ON A ROLL!
im Bindi Cheng
World Open just a couple of days ago…position after 19 moves of play. A lot of manoeuvring up to now and Bindi now finds himself ready to strike. Black is quite solid, but without any real play or counterplay.
WHAT IS WHITE’S MOST PROMISING COURSE?
A little later in the same game:
Black has finally cracked under the pressure and has given Bindi the opportunity to score the point.
WHITE TO PLAY AND WIN!
World Open just the other day. Position after White’s 22nd move (22.Qf2). White stands better, controlling more important squares and being a bit more active. Even so, it is still a game…HOWEVER, the grandmaster thought he saw a strong continuation and played it without double-checking his analysis…
22…Na3+? 23.PxN! RxN
Black overlooked that after 24…Qf6 25.Nh6+! wins the whole house! So a famous grandmaster goes under against a relatively unknown fm…as Tarrasch pointed out: It is not enough to be a good player, you must also play well! Words worth their weight in salt!
THE DANGERS OF CASTLING TOO SOON!
fm Thavandiran, Sh
gm Laznicka, V
Also from the World Open. Position after 9 moves. Black (a Canadian youngster) has castled early but into an insecure situation as his pawn on h6 invites danger. Worse still, he has no counterplay available. It did not take much convincing for his famous opponent to strike out:
10.Qh5! Kg8 11.Bxh6 gxh6 12.Qxh6 f5 (no better is 12…f6 13.Qg6+ Kh8 14.Bd3! f5 15.g4! and Black can not last long)13.Qg6+ Kh8 14.Nhg5 Bxg5 15.Nxg5 Qe7:
Now this is when castling is VERY strong! The Rook will come into play via d3. Black can now resign…he did so a few moves later.