Today's winning tactics
From the recently finished Barcelona Magistral tournament. Position after 28 moves. White has a menacing position on the Kingside and for this reason Alsina decided to offer the exchange on e6. Alsina’s idea is that if now 29.BxR PxB he might soon get some threats along the long diagonal with …d4 and …Qc6. Atleast White would have to defend scale back his offensive and Black would still be kicking…
HOWEVER, the tournament winner was not willing to surrender the initiative! He chose another line of attack…do you see it?
WHAT IS WHITE’S STRONGEST PLAY?
From the Barcelona Magistral. Position after White’s 37th move. Though both sides have problems, the position is drawn with correct play. The White Queenside is no less vulnerable than Black’s Kingside. White can never play Be4 because after the exchange of Bishops Black continues …Ke6! with a zugzwang position for Black!
So the best course of play in the present situation is to play 37…Ke7 and shuffle his King back and forth on the 2nd rank. HOWEVER, probably upset with himself for having spoiled a promising position just several moves earlier, Shankland hurriedly played 37…Ke6??
WHITE TO PLAY AND WIN THE GAME!
Jakarta, October 2013. Position after 21 moves. Opposite-side castling and the typical fight for the initiative. Black seems to have everything on the Queeside under control, and he is poised to start active play along the g-file…OFCOURSE, this would be true for the fact that the White Queen has embedded itself in a really strong position!
WHITE TO PLAY AND WIN!
Balogh, Csaba–Alsina Leal, Daniel: 29.Nxh6+! gxh6 (29…RxN 30.BxR PxB 31.Qg4+) 30.Qg4+ Kh8 31.Bxe6 fxe6 32.Qxe6 d4 33.Ra1! Qc6 34.Qxc6 Bxc6 35.e6! and White has an easily won endgame.
Narciso Dublan, Marc–Shankland, Samuel L: 44.Be4!! (Now the Exchange of B’s wins for White after 45.KxB Ke7 46.Kd5 and 46.c5) 4…Ba2 45.c5! dxc5 46.Bxg6 Bd5 47.Bxh5 Kf5 48.Be8 Bb7 49.Bd7+ Kg6 50.Bg4 Bc6 51.Be6 1-0 (White will continue with c4 and Bd5 followed by the advance of the King.
Moiseenko,A–Ganguly,S: 22.Rxc7+!! Bxc7 23.Rc1 Rd7 24.Bf4! Qxf4 (There is nothing better) 25.Nxf4 Kb8 26.Qxf6 and the rest is just mopping up 26…Rc8 27.Nd3 Bg6 28.Ne5 Rdd8 29.b4 Be8 30.a5 Bb5 31.Rxc7 Kxc7 32.Nf7 Rf8 33.Qd6# 1-0