Today’s 5-second tactics!
”Time does not have the same appeal for every one” ― William Shakespeare
Kocheev, Aleksandr (2391)
im Lomako, Pavel
ch-BLR Minsk, earlier in the week. Position after 22 moves. White has sacrificed a piece to get at the Black King, but could not find a win here: if 23.Re7 Qf6! holds– as the reader can verify– though there is still lots of play after 24.Nf7+!? RxN 25.Re8+ Kh7; or if 23.Nf7+ RxN 24.Re8+ Rf8 (24…Kh7 25.Qh5+ wins). Therefore White decided to take a draw by repeating position, something that Black can not avoid: 23.Qh5 Kg7! 24.Qg5+ Kh8 25.Qh5 1/2-1/2
WHAT DID WHITE MISS?
DID YOU KNOW?
That Emanuel Lasker died on Saturday January 11, 1941 in NYC at age 72? At approximately 11 am. ” Darker days came, and then the end. He refused his food and he found it ever more difficult to speak. ‘There’s no more sense to it, my dear.’ he whispered to Martha; and now she knew that he knew it. Next day Reuben Fine and his young wife came to see him for the last time. He could merely give them a feeble wave of his hand. When Fine had gone, Martha heard Emanuel whisper: ‘A King of Chess.’ These were the last words he was heard to speak. He died next day…’‘ Page 315 The Life of a Chess Master by Dr.J. Hannak.
ch-BLR ,Minsk, 2014.1.7: Lomako, Pavel–Kocheev, Aleksandr: White can win with 23.Nf7+ Rxf7 24.Re8+ Rf8 25.Re7! This move escaped White’s attention. After 25…Qf6 follows 26.Qh5+ followed by mate)