Today’s winning 5-sec tactics
Russian Junior Championship, Loo. 22-04-2016 gm Eliseev, Urii (2602) –im Yuffa, Daniil (2507). Position after White’s 22nd move (22.Ne5). A typical fight in the CaroKan where Kings have castled on opposite sides. The pawn on h6 carries some dangers for the Black player, but praxis has shown his counterplay on the other side of the board should not be underestimated. Both players must show tactical skills…Here Black should probably play 22…Nd7 to immediately exchange pieces. Instead, he preferred to continue his Queenside counterplay…
Curiously, after this natural move Black finds himself with a lost game.
The beginning of what will soon become a beautifully executed attack! White plays with precision and acccuracy, punishing Black for not taking the defensive measure (22…Nd7) on the previous move. The reader should also pay attention to the pawn coverage of Black, as it will soon disappear and be replaced with an unusal layer of White pieces… Black can not take the Bishop as after 23… gxh6 24. Nxf7! Kxf7 25. Qg6+ Kf8 26. Ne5 he comes under a mating attack. Black decides to ignore what White is doing and put his faith in his counterattack on the Queenside…
23… b3!? 24. axb3 a4