Sunday’s 5-second tactics
“There are in nature neither rewards nor punishments — there are only consequences.”
― Robert G. Ingersoll, The Christian Religion An Enquiry
im Granero, Antonio
gm Lawrence, Trent
Magistral Internacional , Jaén 2014.7.1 Position after 18 moves of play. White has sacrificed a pawn for the attack and has considerable initiative on the Queenside. Adding to this Black’s lack of development, and you don’t need to be Bobby Fischer to put Black away!
WHAT IS WHITE’S FASTEST WIN?
Magistral Internacional ,Jaén, 2014.7.1 Position after 27 moves. I like this example! White has played aggressively to pursue his attack, but must play accurately as White’s open King position can give Black undeserved counterplay. For example, if White rushes things with 28.Qh7+ Kf8 29.Pxc5 (to open the Bishop’s diagonal) 29…Qxc5+ is annoying.
WHAT IS WHITE’S BEST LINE OF PLAY?
gm Trent, Lawrence
im Gonzalez De La Torre, Santiago
Magistral Internacional Jaén2014.6.29 Position before Black’s 24th move. What can one say? The difference is in the Kings’ positions: Black is safe and snug in the corner; White is a spectator without any helmut!
BLACK TO PLAY AND WIN!
Magistral Internacional Jaén2014.7.1: Lawremce, Trent–Granero, Antonio: 19.Rxb7!! Kxb7 20.Rb1+ Kc8 21.Qa7 1-0
Magistral Internacional Jaén2014.7.1: Santos, Jaime–González, Santiago: 28.Re5!! Qxa2 Little better. Taking the Rook with 28…PxR goes off to 29.Qh7+ and 30.f6; retreating to d7 allows 29.Rxc5 killing all of Black’s counterply. 29.Rxc5! Re7 30.Rb5 (30.Re5! is even stronger) 29… Qc4 31.Bb4 fxg6 32.fxg6 Qxb5 33.Qh7+ 1-0
Magistral Internacional Jaén2014.6.29: Gonzalez De La Torre, Santiago–Trent, Lawrence: 24…Nxe3! 25.Rxe3 (25.QxN Rxf3 is an Exchange up) 25…Rf2!! This is the whole point of Black’s little combinatin 26.Qxf2 (26.Qe1 Rf1+!) 26…Rxf2 27.Kxf2 Qxb2+ 28.Re2 Qxa1 The rest is easy. 29.Bxb7 Qd4+ 30.Ke1 Qxd3 31.Bxa6 Qb1+ 32.Kf2 Qb6+ 0-1