Today’s 5-second tactics!
“People think they own time. They have watches and clocks and digital pulses. But they are wrong. Time owns them.”
im Djukic Zeljko
Yugoslavia, 1971. A popular line of the Najdorf where Black has sacrificed a pawn, counting on his strong Knight on e5 to compensate. However, Sax has infiltrated with his Queen and Knight: a dangerous piece combination.
WHITE TO PLAY AND WIN!
Vraca (Bulgaria)Zt 1975 Position after 20 moves. White is a piece up for two pawns. Both sides have attack. Here White might want to consider 21.Bxh5!?, but after 21…Qc4! 22.Nb3 R(either)c8 Black is still wiggling, though correct defence by White should carry the day. INSTEAD, Sax was a player who loved to live on the edge and defending was the last thing he wanted to do when he could attack!
WHITE TO PLAY AND WIN! (FAST)
Yugoslavia 1971 Sax Gyula–Djukic Zeljko: 25.Nxa6! bxa6 26.Qxa6+ Kc7 27.Rd5! (Also winning is 27.Rd5. In either case the combined attack of the White pieces is decisive) 27… Qe3 28.Qd6+ 1-0
Vraca (Bulgaria)Zt 1975: Sax Gyula–Vogt Lothar: 21.Qxh5!! Qa5( 21…gxh5 22.Bf4+ wins easily ) 22.Qh6! Qa2+ 23.Kc1 Qa1+ 24.Kd2 Qxd4+ 25.Bd3 Nxf6 26.Bxf6 1-0 After 26…Qxf6 27.Bxg6! is curtains