Today’s 5-second tactics!
SPRAGGETT ON CHESS
gm VERA, R.
From Merida,Mexico several days ago. Position after 19 moves. Black is lagging in development, but intends to play …Nd7 the next move.
Also from Mexico. White had just confidently played 36.Qxe5, threatening mate in the corner. Black can not play 36…QxN because after 37.RxQ KxR the Rook on b2 is enprise.
WHAT DID WHITE OVERLOOK?
Zadar, Croatia yesterday! Position after White’s 23rd move (23.Kh1). Black has an aggressive game with active pieces. Especially, his control of the c-file is an important asset here.
White, now threatenening to capture the Bishop on h3, expected Kozul to retreat the piece…a surprise awaited him!
BLACK TO PLAY AND GET A DECISIVE ADVANTAGE!
Padova, Italy. Yesterday! White has a strong attacking position on the Kingside, especially with his Bishop on d4. However, the White Queen is being kept at bay while the Knight on h6 appears to be in trouble…can it be that White overestimated his chances?
WHITE TO PLAY AND WIN!
1. White gets a huge advantage with 20.Bxd5! If 20…cxd5 21.Rc7 Nd7 22.Qd6 and White must win.
2. Black escapes with 36…Qh4+ If 37.Kg1 RxB+! is a forced win
3. Black gets a huge advantage with 23…Ng4!! If 24.PxN f3! (amongst other threats, …Rc1) and White is busted.
4. White wins with the surprising 24.Nf5! Qd8 (forced, Black can not take the Knight because 25.Qh5+ forces mate; Black must control h4) and now 25.Re1! , threatening Re7 and then Qh4+, is the simplest