Today’s winning 5-sec tactics
Natal GM International Open, Natal BRA, 2016.1.27 gm Lima,Da–fm (2235)Brito,L. Position after 15 moves arising from a swash-bucking gambit opening! White has sacrificed several pawns to open lines quickly before Black can get his pieces out…
WHITE TO PLAY AND CRUSH!
Bundesliga Berlin 2016.2.7 im (2407) Loxine,J—gm Meier,Geo. Position before Black’s 27th move. Black has an obvious positional advantage, but it is curious that it is NOT the White King that interests Black…
BLACK TO PLAY AND WIN QUICKLY!
Bundesliga Bremen 2016.2.7 gm McShane,L—gm Farago,I. Position before Black’s 31st move. A typical complicated middlegame arising from the French Defence. White has a passed e-pawn and wants to attack on the Kingside, Black is well entrenched, solid and has a growing stranglehold on the Queenside…in essence, the position offers chances for both sides!
My question to you, dear reader, is this: Can Black win a pawn on the Queenside starting with 31…Ncxa3 ?
WHAT DO YOU THINK?
Natal GM International Natal BRA 2016.1.27 Lima,Da–Brito,L: 16.Rxb7!! Qxb7 17.Ba5+ Qc7 (Otherwise there is a checkmate on e8!) 18.Bxc7+ Kxc7 19.O-O 1-0 Black is helpless. How often is does castling convence your opponent to resign?
Bundesliga Berlin 2016.2.7 Loxine,J—gm Meier,Geo: 27…Rc8 28.Qd7 Rc6!! 0-1 Only now does White realize that his Queen is trapped and can escape capture after 29…Nb6
Bundesliga Bremen 2016.2.7 gm McShane,L—gm Farago,I: 31…Ncxa3? This loses a piece. 32.Bxa3 Nxa3 33.Bxa4 Nb5 34.Qd3 (or 34.Ng5) Bd7 35.Rc2! 1-0
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