Today’s 5-second tactics
Voronezh Master Open 2014.6.14 Position before Black’s 37th move. A wild game up to now, with the advantage changing hands more than once. A dynamic fight! Black has superiority in the centre, White on the flanks, a pawn up to boot.But in such situations, it is best not to count pawns until the dust has settled…tactics plays a prominent role here.
BLACK TO PLAY AND WIN!
The happy overworked Rook!
Helsinki 2014.6.13 Position after 23 moves of play. The opening has not gone well for Black, who finds himself not just a pawn down , but with pieces that have yet to come into play. In such circumstances, it is wise to be on the look-out for flash attacks against the King…
Very well played! This is not a sacrifce at all as 24…PxR allows White to win back the Rook immediately with 25.Qg5+. However, the threat of Qh6+ must be met, and the options that Black has available are–unfortunately for him–not sufficient. Trying to ‘hold’ things together with 24…Rh8 just makes things worse after 25.Qh6+ Kg8 26.Rhc5 Bb7 ( 26…Bd7 27.Qf4 Be8 28.Rc7 ) 27.Rc7 and it is virtually zugzwang. Black therefore decides on a lesser evil…
From the practical point of view, in lost positions sang-froid often is the best defence. Here Black totally ignores White’s attack and hopes for an error on his opponent… unfortunately, White is up to the task on hand:
25.Qh6+ Kf6!? 26.Qf4+ Kg7
And that is that! With all of Black’s pieces on the other side of the board, the White Queen and Knight quickly put an end to Black’s suffering…the game ended:
28…Kh8 ( 28…Kh6 29. Qf4+ ) 29.Ng5
Voronezh Master Open 2014.6.14 Paravyan,D–Rakhmanov,Ale: 37…Rxh7! A deflecting sac to permit the Black Queen to give check on f3. 38.Qxh7 Qf3+ 39.Kh2 and now the most direct win is 39…Nf4! when there is no perpetual check: 40.Qh8+ Kf7 41.Qh7+ Ke8 42.Qh8+ Bf8 43.Qxe5+ Kf7 44.g6+ Kg8 45.Qg5 Qh3+ 0-1 and mate next move, which is essentially how the game ended anyway.