Today’s 5-second tactics
“You may delay, but time will not.” ― Benjamin Franklin
Hastings, 1961. Position after White’s 15th move (15.Qa3). The Black Bishop is attacked. White was counting on grabbing some material against the Russian grandmaster, but a very unpleasant suprisse is in store instead…
BLACK TO PLAY AND WIN!
im Ujtelky, Max
Rostov on Don ;1961. Position after 27 moves of play. The game reminds me a lot of the game Botvinnik versus Capablanca, 1938. Black is about to be punished for weakening his King’s fortress. Strong is 28.Nf5+ followed by Qe5, but Bondarevsky was an artist and demanded perfection.
WHITE TO PLAY AND WIN!
Moscow, 1946. Position after 27 moves of play. Black is busted, his King position completely gutted and hanging on by a thread. Now all one needs is to finish him off…
WHITE TO PLAY AND MATE IN 8!
Ussr Championship 1941. Moscow/Leningrad. Position after White’s 28th move. Botvinnik has his opponent on the run and is not just a pawn to the good but has a wicked initiative as well.
BLACK TO PLAY AND WIN!
Tbilisi, 1937. Ussr Ch. Position after White’s 17th move (17.Ne2) White wants to ‘change the guard’ on d4 with his other Knight, but this proves to be dangerous. Now Bondarevsky has an opportunity to strike first:
If now 18.PxB Black wins with 18…Bxf2+!! 19.Kg2 (what else? 19.KxR allows 19…Qh2+ 20.Kf1 Re3!! with a forced mate) 19…Rxe2!! and there is no saving the White King.
White tried to be pragmatic and limit his loss to a Pawn:
Now in the game continuation Bondarevsky backed off with 18…Qd7 when 19.Bxc4 gives White reasonable chances to save a bad game. HOWEVER, in the above position, Bondarevsky could have played more decisively!
BLACK TO PLAY AND CRUSH WHITE!
Hastings 1961 Sliwa, Bogdan –Bondarevsky, Igor: 15… cxd4!! 16.Rxc8 Rxc8 17.b4 Qxb4! 0-1
Rostov on Don 1961. Bondarevsky, Igor –Ujtelky, Max: 28.Rxf6 Kxf6 (28…QxR 29.Nh5+) 29.Qe5+ Ke7 30.Nf5+ 1-0
Moscow 1946. Ragozin V—Bondarevsky,Igor 28.Qxa7+! Elegant! 28… Kxa7 29.Rxb7+ Ka8 30.d6 1-0
Moscow/Leningrad.1941. Ussr Ch. Bondarevsky ,Igor –Botvinnik ,M: 28…Rxh3+ 0-1 Taking the Rook allows a quick kill after …Ndf4.
Tbilisi 1937. Ussr Ch. Panov Vasily –Bondarevsky Igor: 17…Rxe2! 18.Rxe2 (Taking the Queen allows 18…Bxf2+ and 19…RxR) 18… Qxf4 19.gxh3 Qg3+ etc.