Sunday’s 5-second tactics
fm Ledger, David
From the British Championships taking place right now. Position after 26 moves. An immediate crisis has arisen, Black’s last move (26…Nxb4) threatening a quick mate. Let us take stock: White has, in exchange for his Queen, a Rook and a Bishop. PLUS a strong initiative against Black’s exposed King.
And it is White’s good fortune that he has the move! Can you use all of these resources at your disposal to your advantage? There is no room for error here…
WHITE TO PLAY AND WIN!
Ledger, Dave –Batchelor, Peter: 27.Bf2! Qa5 28.Nf6+ Kf8 29.Rxh7 (even faster is 29.g7+) 29…Rc7 30.Rh8+ Ke7 31.Rch1 Qxe5 32.R1h7+ Kd6 33.Bg3 Nxd3 34.cxd3 1-0