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gm Simantsev, Mikhail
im Stachowiak, Kamil (2446)
Open Marianske Lazne 2015.1.18 Position before Black’s 32nd move. White is down two pawns but is putting up a strong defense, his two Bishops and active Queen creating threats. But a curious geometric feature in the position allows Black to quickly overcome White’s resistance. Do you see it?
BLACK TO PLAY AND CRUSH!
im Guliev,L (2385)
70th ch-AZE Baku 2015.1.14 Position after 41 moves. Ofcourse, Black is crushed! His Kingside position is ripped open and King exposed. The only thing holding Black from throwing in the towel is that he is actually up in material! That–and the fact that the immediate 42.Qe4+ can be answered by 42…Qf5…
WHITE TO PLAY AND CRUSH!
AND EASY ONE!
wgm Javakhishvili,L (2486)
wgm Gvetadze,Sopi (2315)
72nd ch-GEO w Tbilisi 2015.1.13 Position after 21 moves. A curious line of the French Defense Advance Variation has lead to a position that–at first sight– seems tranquil and harmless. But never trust this! Chess is a very VIOLENT game….and as Bobby Fischer once observed, just a handful of moves can be a life-time in chess!
WHITE TO PLAY AND CRUSH!
Open Marianske Lazne 2015.1.18 Stachowiak, Kamil–Simantsev, Mikhail: 32…Rxg2+!! A well calculated combination. 33.Kxg2 Qc6+! The whole point: the White King can not safely move to a dark square because of 34…Bc5, snaring the Queen. 34.Rf3 Nf4+ 0-1 Finally it is clear that the King must move to a dark square, when he loses either his Queen or Rook, or both!
70th ch-AZE Baku 2015.1.14 Guliev,L–Bayramov,Elvin: 42.Rc7!! Deflecting the Queen. 42…Qxc7 43.Qe4+ Kxh5 (Otherwise White wins the Queen with 44.Qh7+) 44.g4+!! The whole point. 1-0 After 44…Kh4 45.Qg2! and unavoidable mate.
72nd ch-GEO w Tbilisi 2015.1.13 Gvetadze,Sopi–Javakhishvili,L: 22.Rxf6! gxf6 23.Qg3+ Kh8 24.Nf7+! 1-0 Ouch! There goes the Queen, for starters. Note that 23…Kf8 would be answered by 24.Ng6+ with the same outcome.