Today’s 5-second tactics
“Therefore the clever combatant imposes his will on the enemy, but does not allow the enemy’s will to be imposed on him.” ― Sun Tzu, The Art of War
gm Cordova, Emilio
gm Sambuev, Bator
Capablanca Memorial (Premier) on the 10th of this month. Position after White’s 28th move (28.Ne6). Sambuev’s position has been going downhill rapidly and so he resorted to a desperate try. If now 28…Bd5? 29.NxR! Qg4+ 30.Qg3! and Black has only a perpetual check.
BLACK TO PLAY AND WIN!
Bacallao Alonso, Yusnel
Also the Premier section of the Capablanca Memorial, but on the 9th. Position after 15 moves. Black has misplayed the opening and so White cleverly sacrificed a pawn on f5 to weaken the Black Kingside. At first sight it does not seem as though White has much…
WHITE TO PLAY AND WIN!
Capablanca Premier 2014.5.10 Sambuev, Bator–Cordova, Emilio: 28…Nf3+! 29.Kf1 ( Also insufficient is 29.Qxf3 ) 29…Bd5!! The whole point. If now 30.Qe3 Bc4+! 30.Nxd8 Qh3+ 31.Ke2 Bxb3 32.axb3 Ne5 And the rest is easy. The Queen and Knight easily dominate the board. 33.Ra1 Qf3+ 34.Kd2 a5 35.Ra3 Qxf2+ 36.Kc1 Qe3+ 37.Kc2 Qe2+ 38.Rd2 Qe4+ 39.Kc3 b5 0-1
Capablanca Premier 2014.5.9 Bacallao Alonso, Yusnel–Bogner, Sebastian: 16.Nxe5!! fxe5 There is nothing better. 17.Bd5+ Kh8 18.Qxh5+ Bh7 19.Bg5! If now 19…Qd7 then 20.Be4! follows 19…Qe8 20.Rxf8+ Qxf8 21.Rf1 Qe8 22.Rf7! exd4 23.Bf6! precise to the end. 23…Qe3+ 24.Kg2 1-0