Sunday’s Winning 5-second Tactics
How are you today? For some players, most things comes easy. For others, they have to work at it. But when it comes to tactics, the experts agree that only constant practice will develop mastery.
Below you find an assortment of problems , some easy, some difficult. Good luck!
Let’s get started!
im Carlstedt,J – fm Meyer, F Bundesliga 30.4.2018
In a tense game and a tough fight, Black erred with his last move, Na7. This unexpectedly gives White the chance to get a big edge. What is White’s best move?
gm Huschenbeth – gm Bischoff Bundesliga 1.5.2018
It is always dangerous not to castle when you opponent is a grandmaster. And especially in the Sicilian Defence. White to play and crush!
gm Rapport – gm Bluebaum Bundesliga 1.5.2018
It is curious how some players are strongest in open positions, and the contrary in closed positions. Rapport is a genius in open positions. White to play and win!
gm Lagarde,M – gm Michalik,P Bundesliga 30.4.2018
What a chaotic position! Both sides attacking along open files, diagonals and using small sacs to increase their initiative. But in the end, only one player can win. White to play and win!
gm Handke,F – gm Heimann,A Bundesliga 29.4.2018
Nothing scarier than defending an attack of 2 Rooks and the Queen! Why? The short answer is because these pieces are so explosive! White to play and win!
im Shytaj,L – Lapiccirella,D Italia Tch 28.4.2018
One should never lightly disregard one’s development, especially when the opponent wants to beat you! Here the Black Bishop on f8 is blocking the Rook on h8. How can White exploit this?
im Borgo,G – fm Colmenares,A Italia Tch 1.5.2018
I tell my students never to allow the enemy place a Knight on f5 for free. Why? The Knight is a best! And besides,on f5 it is too close to the King! White to play and crush!
gm Artemiev,V – gm Sarana,A Russia Tch 1.5.2018
If White now exchanges Queens, then Black’s 3/1 Queenside majority fully compensates for the exchange. But White must be better in the above position. What should he do?
gm Potkin,V – gm Gelfand,B Russia Tch 2.5.2018
A battle between two truly great heavyweights! Material is balanced, and the immediate threats are defended against. But Gelfand’s King is more exposed. White to play and crush!
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Let’s do some more!
gm Godena,M – Babukhadia,L European Ch 17.3.2018
Let’s start our practice today with something obvious. Or atleast it is if you see it! The Black King is open and his pieces scattered. Ripe for the harvesting! White to play and win!
im Polivanov,A – Soyunlu,N European Ch 18.3.2018
Here White’s pin on f6 combined with the Bishop on c2 must be decisive! But it is still necessary to find the correct move order, otherwise it is all in vain. White to play and win!
gm Dubov – gm Postny European Ch19.3.2018
The youthful Russian Dubov is a master of psychology who fears nobody, not even defeat itself! Here he has toyed with the Israeli gm Postny, who forgot to castle. White to play and win!
gm Bologan – gm Mikaelyan,A European Ch 20.3.2018
A typical double-edged position from a Benoni-Spanish formation. White is stronger on the Kingside and Black on the Queenside. Often victory only depends on who has the move! White to play and crush!
gm Krasenkov – im Zavgorodniy European Ch 20.3.2018
Black has bravely taken a pawn on a2, thinking that his Queen is in no danger. And he is almost right! But in chess almost is never enough…White to play and snare the Black Queen!
gm Gabrielian,A – fm Martynov,R European Ch 20.3.2018
The Black Kingside is exposed, and White has the two Bishops, plus the attack. Do you need more? No, but you always need to be precise in your move order. White to play and crush!
gm Paichadze,L – fm Can,I European Ch 20.3.2018
A typical opposite-side castling game! In such fights, the initiative is everything. Making threats and counter-threats. But here Black is passive, allowing White to amass all of his pieces. White to play and crush!
gm Zhigalko,S – gm Sanikidze,T European Ch 20.3.2018
What is the Black King doing in the corner at the end of a long diagonal? I am not sure, but if there is a reason for White’s success here, it must be this! White to play and crush!
gm Sanikidze,T – fm Eminov,O European Ch 19.3.2018
Yet another example of opposite-side castling! Did you not know that castling short is safer? Certainly your insurance is less. Who moves first is always at advantage. White to play and crush!