Today’s 5-second tactics
“True character is revealed in the choices a human being makes under pressure …”
“Let pressure pass over and through you. That way you can’t be harmed by it.”
Brian Herbert, House Atreides
From the Andorra Open taking place right now. Position after White’s 45th move (45.d5). The English grandmaster has a positional advantage with his passed c3-pawn and well entrenched King and Knight. White’s last move seeks to eliminate the dangerous pawn, hoping that Norwood will trade it for the White d-pawn.
Norwood finds a very original solution to the task on hand:
45…. Bxb4! 46.axb4 Nxb4+ 47.Kb1 Nxd5 48.Bg5 Kb3 49.Ne1
The real point of Black’s 45th move. This move stops Nc2 and intends to advance the a-pawn in most lines. White’s next move is not the most resistant, but White is lost in any case.
50.Kc1 Nd3+! 51.Nxd3 exd3 52.Bd8 d2+ 53.Kd1 c2+ 54.Kxd2 Kb2 0-1
David Norwood (born in England, 1968) became an IM in 1985 and a GM four years later. David is also a well known chess author. He currently plays for Andorra.