More winning 5-sec tactics!
PLEASE TAKE MY ROOK!
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Ch Poland (w) 2016.4.4 WIM (2200) Wozniak, Mariola– WIM (2280)Kantane, Anna. Position after White’s 22nd move (22.Rh5). Note that earlier Black had gambitted a pawn and had excellent compensation–if not the advantage–,but then played an imprecise move and lost her edge. Now Black has very little commpensation for the pawn; even so, it is still a fight.
White is now threatening the h-pawn and the question is how Black should defend it: play h6 or g6? What do you think? What is your first impression?
Objectively, the best move is 22…h6, not worrying about 23. Qe4 g6! 24. Rxh6? Bf5! winning. In the game, however, Black chose the most provocative continuation, encouraging mind-boggling complications:
This move really brings the game to a crisis point!
Ofcourse Black has seen this move before playing her previous move. The Rook can not be captured as 24.Qxf7+ Kh8 25.Bxg6 mates. Neither does 23… Be6 work after 24. Nf4! Kxh7 25. Qh5+! Kg8 (25… Kg7 26. Nxe6 fxe6 27. Qxg6) 26. Bxg6 etc.
Black’s hopes are pinned on this move. Now he threatens to take the Rook. Curiously, the Rook does not have a clean exit: if now the obvious 24.Rh6 Qe5! 25.Rd1 Rbd8! 26.Rd5 Qg7! leads to an obscure position because the Rook on h6 has great difficulites finding a safe haven. (Note that 24…Bg5? is wrong because of 25.RxP+! and 26.Qd5+!)
A brilliant tactical resource that is just about the strongest move I have seen this week! I am not certain if White had forseen this move before taking the h-pawn, and if she did, then she deserves even more credit for her 23rd move. Most likely Black did not see this move!
18-year old Mariola Wozniak. A talented tactician!