Today’s winning 5-second tactics
gm Adhiban, Baskaran
gm Ding, Liren
IND-CHN Summit Hyderabad 2015.3.2 Position after 20 moves. An interesting opening, but I got the impression that Black was simply outplayed or caught in something he was not so familiar with. Here the chinese superstar can win a pawn with 21.Nxe6 PxN 22.Rxe6 Nxc3 23.RxR+ RxR 24.Bxb7, but Black could still put up tough resistance as in such positions a pawn extra is no guarantee of a win.
Ding Liren looked deeply into the position and found a much more convincing (and surprising) line of play…
WHITE TO PLAY AND WIN!
gm Postny, Evgeny
gm Vocaturo, Daniele
16th ch-EUR Indiv Jerusalem 2015.3.4 A difficult fight for both players! White’s last move (48.Rc1) envisions 48…Rxh3 49.Rxf8+, 50.Rc8+ and 51.Qe8++. Probably White was waiting for his opponent to stop the clock…but he is in for a surprise!
BLACK TO PLAY AND DRAW!
gm Kovalenko, Igor
im Martynov, Pavel (2414)
31st Cappelle Open 2015.2.28 The first round. Position before Black’s 20th move. What can one say? Sometimes the opponent just does not see the threat…
BLACK TO PLAY AND WIN!
im Draskovic, Luka (2432)
gm Can, Emre
16th ch-EUR Indiv Jerusalem 2015.3.4 Position after White’s 28th move (28.Rc1+). Clearly Black is suffering, the result of some sloppy play earlier on. Here Black saw that if he retreats his King to the second rank there would follow 29.Nxg7! Nxg7 30.Rc7+ etc, but did not realize that he had no better! Optimistically, he played…
…thinking that his troubles were behind him!
WHITE TO PLAY AND MATE IN 4!
IND-CHN Summit Hyderabad 2015.3.2 Ding, Liren–Adhiban, Baskaran: 21.Rxe6!! fxe6 22.Nxe6 Rd6 23.Bxd5 with two pieces for the Rook the win is elementary of a grandmaster. The game soon ended: 23… Kh8 24.c4 Re8 25.Nd4 Rd7 26.Kg2 Kg7 27.Ra1 a6 28.Ne6+ Kf6 29.Nc5 1-0
16th ch-EUR Indiv Jerusalem 2015.3.4 Vocaturo, Daniele–Postny, Evgeny: 48…Rxg4+ 49.hxg4 ( 49.Qxg4? Rxe8 and Black must win! ) Qh3+ 50.Kf2 ( Or 50.Kg1 Qg3+ 51.Kh1 ( 51.Kf1?? Qf4+ ) Qh3+ 52.Kg1 Qg3+ as in the game ) 50…Qh4+! Black must not allow the King to escape to the Queenside. 51.Kg1 ( 51.Kg2 Qh3+ ) Qg3+ 52.Kh1 Qh3+ 53.Kg1 Qg3+ 54.Kh1 Qh3+ 55.Kg1 1/2-1/2
31st Cappelle Open 2015.2.28 Martynov, Pavel–Kovalenko, Igor: 20…Rxg2+ 21.Kxg2 Nf4+ 0-1
16th ch-EUR Indiv Jerusalem 2015.3.4 Can, Emre–Draskovic, Luka: 28.Rc1+ Kb5 ( 28…Kd7 ) 29.Nd4+ Kb4 30.Bd2+ Ka3 31.Bc3! 1-0 Mate next move!
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