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Today’s winning 5-second tactics
“Warriors feel pain and fear.. but they never show it and their tears just roll down as blood…..”
― G. Sujenthiran
New Zealand Open Devonport 2015.1.1 Position before Black’s 25th move. An easy one, just to wake you up!
BLACK TO PLAY AND MATE IN 2
gm Hawkins, Jonathan
Hastings Masters 2015.1.4 Position after 19 moves. Also an easy one…lucky you!
WHITE TO PLAY AND CRUSH!
Hastings Masters 2015.1.4 White had just played the seemingly strong 26.Na4(?), targetting the weak c-pawn (better was 26.Nd1-e3-g4 with positional plus), overlooking an elementary tactic! Do you see it?
HOW DOES BLACK GET THE ADVANTAGE?
Hastings Masters 2015.1.2 Position before Black’s 31st move. Black has an ideal position arising from the Marshall Gambit (Spanish). Especially, his domination of the e-file is a significant factor. BUT, he must act fast as White is ready to start trading woon starting with 32.Rxe4 and 33.Rae1
BLACK TO PLAY AND WIN!
New Zealand Open Devonport 2015.1.1 Shen,Terry–Dowden,R.Anth. 25…Qf3+! 0-1
Hastings Masters 2015.1.4 Hawkins, Jonathan–Kirk, Ezra: 20.Nxh7! winning
Hastings Masters 2015.1.4 Rodshtein, Maxim–Arkell, Keith C: 26…Nxf4! Easy to overlook this ‘simple’ move 27.gxf4 Rxf4 28.Nxc5 Rxf3 and Black has won a good pawn. He won the game in…73 moves!
Hastings Masters 2015.1.2 Bellin,Robert–Hebden,Mark L: 31…Be2!! Simple but decisive. The move divides the board in two and leaves the White King cut off from his defenders on the Queenside. The threat is …Bxf4 followed by the Black Queen infiltration. 32.Kf2 Bxf4 33.gxf4 Qg4 ; trying to hold on by shedding material is hopeless: 32.Rf1 Bxf1 33.Rxf1 Re2 followed by …Rg2+ and …Qe2. So White did the honorable thing… 0-1
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