Today's 5-second tactics
gm Stevic, Hrvoje—gm Salgado Lopez, Ivan
1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 c5 4.c3 Nc6 5.Nf3 Qb6 6.a3 c4 7.Nbd2 Na5 8.Rb1 Bd7 9.Be2 Ne7 10.b4 cxb3 11.Nxb3 Nxb3 12.Rxb3 Qc7 13.O-O Nc6 14.c4 dxc4 15.Rc3 b5 16.d5 Nxe5 17.Nxe5 Qxe5 18.Re3 Qc7 19.dxe6 fxe6 20.Bh5+ g6 21.Bb2 Rg8 22.Be5 Qb6 23.Qf3 Rc8 24.Rd1 Qc6 25.Qh3 gxh5 26.Qxh5+ Kd8 27.Rg3 Rxg3 28.hxg3
A curious game and an even curiouser position! Despite a huge material advantage and a passed c-pawn, Black is dead lost! The Black King is defenceless, despite having all of his pieces around him in the centre. There is not even a way for Black to return his extra material and try to survive…one can say that Black is unlucky, but it is more correct to admit that chess is such a remarkable game!
The problem appears in the principal line : 28… Bxa3 29. Qxh7 c3 30. Qh8+ Ke7 31. Bf6+ Kf7 32. Qg7+ Ke8 33. Qg8+ Bf8 34. Qg6#:
There is no good way to avoid this!
Salgado tried another idea:
Black has no time for advancing his pawn one more square as White threatens mate in one move! And note that the desperate 29…Bd6 doesn’t have any effect after 30.Rxd6!.
29… Bxa3 30. Qg8+ Ke7 31. Qxh7+ Ke8 32. Qg6+ Kd8
And now the quickest win is 33. Qg8+ Ke7 34. Qg7+ Ke8 35. Bf6!