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Today’s winning 5-sec tactics
While having morning coffee and browsing my favorite chess-blogs, I came across this instructive example (chessimprover). The move is with White, and there is a way for him to draw. Clearly 1.e8(Q)?? loses the Queen after any King move. So there you have it, how does White manage to draw from the diagram? GOOD LUCK!
From one of my own games. gm Spraggett,K–Juran,B. Cappelle La Grande 19-02-2016. Position after 28 moves. White has an obvious bind, Black’s game literally cut into two. One can feel in one’s bones that there must be a direct way to win. The obvious 29.e5-e6 does not impress after 29…f5, keeping things closed. Surely, there must be a forceful way to break in…
WHITE TO PLAY AND CRUSH!
Aeroflot Open A Moscow 2016.3.3 gm Alekseenko, Kirill–gm Fedoseev, Vladimir. Position after 16 moves. White is playing in gambit style against the Black King. In the game White did not find the correct path and lost quickly with 17.Bxf7+?! Kh8 18.Be3? Qc3 19.Rb1 Bf5 20.Bd2 Qd3 21.Bxe8 Bxe4 0-1. Can you find better?
WHITE TO PLAY AND FORCE A DRAW!
Aeroflot Open A Moscow 2016.3.2 gm Wen, Yang– gm Artemiev, Vladislav. Position after 12 moves. This is a good example of the dangers of delaying to play castles. Black’s game is solid enough looking, but White has virtually all of his pieces actively placed, ready for action.
WHITE TO PLAY AND CRUSH!
1.Ke6! (Maintaining the opposition and threatening to promote the pawn) 1… Kf4+ ( Symmetrical is 1…Kd4+ 2.Kd7! ) 2.Kf7! Using the Black King as a shelter against checks from the Black Queen ( 2.Kd7?? would allow Black to win with 2…Qd1+ 3.Kc7 Qh5 etc) and Black can not long prevent the White Pawn from promoting.
Cappelle-la-Grande 2016.2.19 Spraggett K–Juran,B: 29.Rxg6! fxg6 30.Qxg6 The Queen and Knight are a formidable attacking force. There is nothing that Black can do to stop the attack. 30… c6 ( 30…Qxd4 31.Qh7+! Kf8 32.Qf5+ Kg8 33.Rf3 Qe4 34.Qc8+ or 30…Kf8 31.Rf3+ ) 31.Rf3 Rf7 (Resigning is a good alternative) 32.Nxf7 Qe7 33.Ng5 1-0
Aeroflot Open A Moscow 2016.3.3 Alekseenko, Kirill–Fedoseev, Vladimir: 17.Nxf7!! bxa1=Q (What else?. If instead 17…Kf8? 18.Bxb2 gives a ferocious attack as does 17…Na5? 18.Bxb2); but good enough to hold would be 17…bxa1=N 18.Ne5+! Kh8! (Not 18… Kf8 19.Qf3+ Bf6 20.QxB+! with a quick mate ) 19.Nf7+ with a perpetual check.) 18.Ng5+! ( Not 18.Nh6+ Kf8) 18…Kh8 19.Nf7+ Kg8 with a perpetual as in the previous line.
Aeroflot Open A Moscow 2016.3.2 Wen, Yang–Artemiev, Vladislav: 13.Rxf7!! Kxf7( 13…Ndxe5 14.Qxe6 Nxf7 15.Bxc6+ Bxc6 16.Qxc6+ Kf8 17.Nf4 )14.Rf1+ Ke8 (14…Kg7 15.Nf4 Ndxe5 16.Nh5+) 15.Qxe6 Ndxe5 16.Ne4 ( Also winning is 16.Bxc6+ Nxc6 17.Ne4 ) Qc7 17.Nf4?! (17.Nhg5! is best ) Bc8? (17…Kd8! is unclear) 18.Nf6+ Kd8 (18…Kf8 19.Nxg6+ hxg6 20.Bh6+) 19.Qd5+ Qd6 20.Bxc5 1-0
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