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Today’s 5-second tactics
Voronezh Master Open 2014.6.12 Position before Black’s 21st move. Clearly Black stands better, with an exchange to boot. There is no doubt that 21…Nf1+ and 22…Nxd2 should eventually win with good technique. (Unfortunately, 22…Qh2+ does not lead to smothered mate as the Bishop on h4 is covering g3.)
The sign of a really strong player is his ability to cut short the work required to win any given position, and here Rakhmanov displayes great skill. Rather than a boring but sure technical win, he spots a clever idea that many would have overlooked…
The grandmaster touch! If now the Queen flees to b3 there follows 22…Rxd2! 23.NxR Nf1+ and mate next move on h2.
There is not really much better
BLACK TO PLAY AND MATE IN 3
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