Today’s 5-second tactics!
London 1840(!). An oldie but goodie…Position after White’s 27th move (27.Nc5). It is the same old story: the King in the centre soon becomes the target of his enemies. Here White seems to have everything under-control, but watch out for those Bishops!
BLACK TO PLAY AND WIN!
London 1844. Position after 24 moves of play. White has sacrificed two pieces for an obvious attack, with Black’s King exposed in the centre of the board. Several moves before the game might have been unclear, but now a great opportunity awaits White!
WHITE TO PLAY AND WIN!
——————————————————————————————————–Howard Staunton (1810 – 22 June 1874) was an English chess master who is generally regarded as having been the world’s strongest player from 1843 to 1851
NN–Staunton ,H: 27…. Bxc3+! 28.Qxc3 Qxa2+ 29.Kc1 Rb8 0-1
Staunton,H—NN: 24.Qg4+! Kd6 ( Better is 24…Qe6 25.Rd8+ Kxd8 26.Qxe6 Bg7, though after 27.Nc7! White must eventually win ) 25.Rd8+ Kc5 26.Qc4# 1-0