Today’s 5-second tactics!
gm Smerdon, David
Batavia GM Amsterdam 2014.3.1 Position after 27 moves of play. The unusual location of the Black King gives an excellent indication of who stands better, and why. BUT, having a won game and actually winning it are two different things…and against a highly resourceful player like Williams one can never expect the position to win itself!
HERE Black is threatening 28…QxR. Wrong would now be 28.R(5) xd5?? as , once more, 28…QxR! exploits the weak back-rank.
WHITE TO PLAY AND WIN!
gm Burg, Twan
Batavia GM Amsterdam 2014.2.27 Black had just played 18…a5?. Ofcourse, simply 19.Qa3 gives White a clear positional advantage as the c4 pawn falls. HOWEVER, White has stronger!
WHAT IS WHITE’S BEST MOVE?
Batavia GM Amsterdam 2014.3.1 Smerdon, David–Williams, Simon K: 28.Bd7! Qd6 29.Rbxd5!! Qxd5 30.Qf5+ Ke7 31.Bxa4! 1-0
Batavia GM Amsterdam 2014.2.27 Burg, Twan–Williams, Simon K: 19.axb5!! If now 19…axb4 20.Rxa8+ Ke7 21.b6! and the pawn decides The game continued: 19… Qd8 20.Qa3 Nf4 21.Nxc4 and White won easily: Qf6 22.Re3 Rg8 23.Ne1 Rg5 24.b6 Rh5 25.g3 Bh3 26.gxf4 Bxf1 27.Kxf1 Qxf4 28.b7 Rb8 29.Qa4+ Ke7 30.Qc6 1-0