Wednesday’s 5-second tactics!
I am trying a slightly different format this time (a 3×3 grid) of exercises. Perhaps the diagrams are a bit small…let me know. I am looking for the best ‘look’ on this new blog, so your feedback is important. You can also copy each position with a simple Crtl-c, and they will be perfect size, if you are into that. Notice that on the right sidebar there is a Unite-Gallery of this same group of tactics, including solutions. I intend to make this practice (sidebar tactics) a regular thing.
Hoogeveen Open 2016.10.15 Keetman, M–Lalith, B: 23…Qxf2+! 0-1 Black will emerge a piece up!
Hoogeveen Open 2016.10.18 Mijnheer, P–Slingerland, F: 22.e6! fxe6 ( Black can choose his end. After 22…Nf6 23.exf7+ Kxf7 24.Rxb5 or 22…Nde5 23.exf7+ Nxf7 24.Rxb5 are both agonizing for Black) 23.Bb6!! Rxb6 24.Qxe6+ Kh8 25.Qxg6 Nf6 26.Rh5+ Kg8 27.Bd5+ Kf8 28.Qf7# 1-0
Nordic Ch Sastamala FIN 2016.10.24 Hammer, J–Salomon, J: 26.Qxa8! Rxa8 27.Rd8+ Kh7!? (Desperate. But after 27…RxR 28.RxR+ Kh7 29.Ng5+ is curtains in a few moves anyway) 28.Rxa8 f6 29.Ng5+! 1-0
Hoogeveen Open 2016.10.18 Nitin, S–Vrolijk, L: 26.c4! A surprisingly strong move that seems to win by force! 26…Nxc4 ( 26…bxc3 27.Qxc3+ Kb8 28.Nd4 etc ) 27.Qa7+ Kd6 28.Rd1+ Ke5 29.Rxd8 Bxd8 30.Qd4# 1-0
Hoogeveen Open 2016.10.16 Hummel, J–De Boer, B: 26.Nf6+! A stock sacrifice, except that this one really works effectively! 26… gxf6 (26…Kh8 27.Qxh7+) 27.gxf6 Rb2 28.Bh6 ( 28.g4!? ) Qa5 29.Rg4+ Ng6 30.Bd2 Ne3+ 31.Bxe3 1-0 Mate is not far off
Russia Ch (w) 2016.10.23 Ubiennykh, E–Pogonina, N: 18.Nb5! winning. Black overlooked at that 18…Qc6 19.Bxc4 Qxc4 20.Rd8+!
Hoogeveen Open 2016.10.18 Bellia, F–Fehr, A: 19.Ba5! Rxa5 20.Nxe7+ Kh8 21.Rxa5! Qxa5 22.Nxc8 1-0
Hoogeveen Open 2016.10.16 Grant, J–Van der Raaf, E:13.Ng5! Qd7 ( 13…Qf5?! 14.Nd6! ) 14.Nxb6! axb6 15.Qxf7+ Kd8 16.Qxg7 Rg8 17.Qf7 1-0