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Today’s winning 5-second tactics
“Time has a wonderful way to show us what really matters.”
― Margaret Peters
im Szilagyi, Gyorgy
Ch Hungary Budapest 1951 Position after White’s 26th move (26.Qxa4). Appearances can be deceptive when first trying to make sense of this position. Two Knights versus two Bishops; White’s King looks safe enough, and White has an extra pawn! Why should White complain?
BLACK TO PLAY AND WIN!
Helsinki Olympiad 1952 Position after 20 moves. Black has a number of little problems here, most notably his awkwardly posted Bishop on a4. This gives White an idea…
The basic idea is that if 21…Qxc5? 22.Qe4! g6 23.Qxa4 with an extra piece. Black might get a couple of pawns for it, but it will do him no good as White would still have the attack (Nc6 in some lines)
Now if 22.Qe4 there would follow 22…f5! 23.QxB QxN
WHITE TO PLAY AND CRUSH!
Ch Hungary Budapest 1951 Szilagyi Gyorgy –Szabo Laszlo :26…Bd7 27.Qa6 Bb5 0-1 The Queen is trapped!
Olympiad Helsinki 1952 Stålberg Gideon–Szabo Laszlo: 22.Nxf7!! Rxf7 (What else? 22…Qf4 23.dxe6 is crushing or 22…Kxf7 23.dxe6+ Kg8 24.Bxh7+ wins the house) 23.dxe6 Kf8 ( No better is 23…Rxf2 24.Qh5! h6 25.Qg6 etc; OR if 23…Rf8 24.Bxh7+! and 25.RxQ ) 24.exf7 ( Even stronger is 24.Qe4 Bc6 25.Qxh7 ) Rd8 25.Re1 Rd7 26.Qe4 Qh6 27.Rb2 1-0
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