Today’s 5-second tactics
“Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin.”
Skopje Olympiad, 1972. Position before Black’s 16th move. Strategically the game is very interesting, but there is a tactic hidden that White did not sense when he played his last move.
HOW DOES BLACK GET A BIG EDGE?
Hungary, 1970. A sharp game! Sax had just played 24…Nxg2!. The Knight can not be taken because of 25…f5!, and moving the Rook (25.R1-e2) is also met by …f5 with a big edge. From the position above…
HOW DOES WHITE SAVE HIMSELF?
Skopje Ol 1972 Galeb Antoine–Sax Gyula:16… Rxc3! This wins two pieces for a Rook and also gives Black a dominating position. 17.Qxc3 Ne4 18.Qe3 f6 19.Bh6 Bxh6 20.Qxh6 fxe5 21.dxe5 and now simply 21…Qc7 would have won quickly.
Hungary, 1970. Polgar Istvan–Sax Gyula: 25.Rg4!! Nxe1 26.Rxg7+! Taking the Rook allows perpetual check . Instead, Sax wanted more and lost trying with 26… Kh8? 27.Qh6! Qe4 28.Rg4 Qg6 29.Rxg6 Nf3+ 30.Nxf3 1-0