Today’s 5-second tactics!
“Time is a great teacher, but unfortunately it kills all its students.”
[Letter, November 1856] Hector Berlioz
From the Roquetas de Mar which concludes today. Position after Black’s 21st move (21…b4) , hitting the White Knight on c3. The position is very sharp and there is little room for error.
WHITE TO PLAY AND WIN!
Roquetas de Mar. Position after 12 moves. An unusual variation of the Rossolimo Sicilian sees Black lag in development in return for lots of potential growth: Bishop pair and mass of Pawns in the centre. White must strike first or risk being bowled over once the Black centre advances…
HOW SHOULD WHITE BEST PROCEED?
FOUR MOVES LATER…
Black’s last move was 16…f5, attacking the Knight on e4.
WHAT IS WHITE’S MOST ENERGETIC PLAY?
Roquetas de Mar Open;2014.1.4 Del Rey, Diego–Movsziszian, Karen: 22.fxg5! hxg5 ( The point is 22…bxc3 23.Rxf7+ Kxf7 24.Qh7+ Kf8 25.Rf1+ is going to be mate ) 23.Rxf7+!! Kxf7 24.Qh7+ Kf6 ( 24…Kf8 25.Rf1+ ) 25.Rf1+ Ke5 26.Qe4# 1-0
Roquetas de Mar Open; 2014.1.5 Svetushkin, Dmitry–Lazarev, Vladimir: 13.Nfg5+!! Kg7 ( Black should not take the bait: 13…fxg5 14.Qf3+ Kg8 ( 14…Nf4 15.Bxh8 ) 15.Nf6+ etc) 14.Ng3! Now the h-pawn goes. The game continued 14…e5 ( Worse is 14…Nf4 15.Re1! (threatening 16.Nf5+) 15… Kg8 16.Qf3 Qc7 17.Re4 e5 18.Rxf4! exf4 19.Qe4 with a mating attack. ) 15.Nxh5+ Kf8 16.Ne4 f5 leading to the next diagram
B: 17.f4!! c4+ ( 17…fxe4 18.Qg4! is immediately decisive; or if 17…d6 18.fxe5 dxe5 19.Qg4! anyway ) 18.Kh1 d5 19.fxe5 dxe4 20.e6! with a winning attack. The game ended violently: 20…Rg8 21.Rxf5+ Ke8 22.Nf6+ Bxf6 23.Rxf6 Qc5 24.Qg4 Ne7 25.Raf1 Kd8 26.Rf8+ Rxf8 27.Rxf8+ Kc7 28.Qg7 cxb3 29.axb3 Bb7 30.Be5+ 1-0