Today’s Winning 5-Second Tactics
How are you today? Today’s tactical quiz comprises 9 examples taken from last weekend’s 4NCL team championship in England.
As is usual, some of the examples are relatively easy while others can be quite difficult and may require more skill and effort. Good luck!
Test your skill!
Black’s pieces are so much more active than White’s. Do you see how to exploit this? Black to play and win!
Once more Black’s pieces are so much more active than White’s. Do you see how to exploit this? Black to play and crush!
White had just given a check on e7 with his Rook, and Black mistakenly thought that his King was safest on h6. White to play and force mate!
Black had mistakenly moved his Queen to d7 (e7 would have given him an excellent game) and now White has an opportunity to win! Do you see it?
Chess blindness! White had just captured a Black piece on d6 with his Queen, thinking that Black had overlooked it. He reasoned that if now Black captures the Queen then White captures the Black Rook on e8, winning immediately. What did White overlook?
Both sides stand badly! But it is White’s move (his salvation!) White to play and crush!
Black, having reached a reasonable position, erred with the natural Nc3 on his last move. Why is it a mistake?
A wild, wild game! In the game continuation White lost after 39.Qd4?Rc2+! 40.Kg1 Qh4 41.Be5 Ng3 0-1. Instead, there is a way for White to hold the game. Do you see it?
A very difficult fight is in progress. Despite the pawn down, White has excellent piece activity. How should he continue (and win!)?
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