Thursday’s 5-second tactics
From the 37th Barbera del Valles Open 2014.7.4 Position after 22 moves of play. A typical fight involving an isolated centre pawn. Such positions are filled with problems for both sides and, as such, give rise to sharp tactical skirmishes. This game is no exception…
White stands slightly better, the IQP is blockaded and the e-file, while not of much importance right now, is under White’s control. Here White should probably start looking for a role for his Knight on b3, possibly Nc1-e2, with the option of exchanging Black’s actively posted Knight.
Right idea!; Wrong execution!
Chess is filled with similar examples where one simply uses the wrong piece to execute the correct idea. In the game of chess we have two of everything (except King and (original)Queen; and as for pawns, we have 8 of those and hence possibly even more multiples of any given piece!) and , hence, plenty of opportunities to go astray! Note also that we often put the wrong Rook on a file…chess is such a subtle game!
BLACK TO PLAY AND WIN!
gm Shulman, Yury
World Open Arlington 2014.7.2 Position after 24 moves of play. White has an obvious positional plus and the open g-file is ‘begging for a pegging’ (!), as it is colourfully phrased in Ottawa’s predominantly gay chess community.
With this in mind, 25.Ng6+(!) PxN 26.Rxg6 Rxd5!? (what else?) 27.Rxh6+! should do the trick, though after 27…Kg8! 28.Rg1+ Kf7! you still have to bag the slippery King! Fortunately, White has a more clinical way to win…strong players always try to find the fastest way to realize their advantage!
WHAT IS WHITE’S BEST LINE?
37th Barbera del Valles Open 2014.7.4; Castillo Escario,Y–Hernando Rodrigo,Ju: 23… Nxg2!! 24.Kxg2 Nh4+! 25.Kg1 Rxf2!! Black has a winning attack. 26.Bh7+ Kh8 27.Ng3 Rxc2 28.Bxc2 Bxh3 29.Kh2 Bf5 30.Bd1Be4 31.Nd4 Qf4 32.R3e2 Nf3+ 33.Nxf3 Bxf3 0-1
World Open Arlington 2014.7.2; Shulman, Yury–Gulamali, Kazim: 25.Re7!! b4 ( 25…Bxe7 26.Ng6+! fxg6 ( 26…Kg7 27.Nxe7+ Kf8 28.Nxc8 Rxc8 29.Qxh6+ Ke7 30.Re1+ Kd8 31.d6 ) 27.Qxh6+ Nh7 28.Qxg6 ) 26.Rxf7! Ne5 ( 26…bxc3 27.Ng6+ Kg8 28.Ne5+ ) 27.Rxf6 And mate is not far off. The game ended 27… bxc3 28.Ng6+ Kg7 29.Nxe5+ Kxf6 30.Qf4+ Ke7 31.Qf7+ Kd6 32.Qd7+ Kxe5 33.Qe6+ 1-0