Today’s 5-second tactics
Canadian Junior, Toronto, 1974. Position after 24 moves of play. This game was played at Hart House,Toronto, the first of several national tournaments that I participated at that popular location (even today the Hart House Chess Club is active and alive!).
In the position above, White has a clear positional advantage, Black’s pawns, especially, are a serious problem. However, a minor detail should not be overlooked: the open h-file. Is it out of the question that while all of Black’s pieces are tied up on the Queenside, some danger lay in store for the Black monarch?
WHITE TO PLAY AND WIN!
Spring Open, Montreal 1973. Position before Black’s 31st move. Material is even, but Black has the more active pieces. More over, his passed pawn on e3 is a monster!
BLACK TO PLAY AND WIN!
Toronto 1974 Spraggett Kevin–Campbell Murray: 25.Rh8+!! Kxh8 26.Qxf7 Qd4+ 27.Kg2 Rb5 28.Qxg6 Qg7 29.Qe8+ Qg8 30.Rh1+ Kg7 31.Qxe7+ Kg6 32.Rh4 1-0
Montreal 1973. Zalys,I –Spraggett,K: 31…Nf4!! If now 32.QxQ e3+ 33.QxB e1Qmate! The game continuation changed nothing: 32.Qe1 Qd5! 0-1