Tuesday’s Winning 5-sec Tactics
From Uhlmann’s Games (Part I)
The recently deceased German grandmaster Wolfgang Uhlmann left us with a multitude of beautiful games containing brilliant twists and turns, both tactical and positional.
Today I present a dozen examples of Uhlmann’s best tactics. PGN at the end if you want to download the games. Good Luck!
Let’s get started!
Of course White is better and can simply trade Rooks and capture the c-pawn. But White has much better. White to play and CRUSH!
One of these wild Winawer French games! The play is supposed to be complex and difficult, but here things are really quite simple and clear. Black to play and win!
White had just played his Bishop to e6, attacking the Black Rook. How should Black proceed?
Black had just played b5, provoking wild complications on the Queenside. But he overlooked something…How does White win lots of material?
Typical Ljubojevic! He just played the super provocative Qc7, enticing Uhlmann to play a Knight to b5. Should Uhlmann fall into Black’s ”trap”?
Black had just captured a pawn on c4. Though Black is a pawn down, White’s pawns are easy targets and all Fuchs needs is a move or two and he will have a very active game. What did Fuchs overlook in his calculations?
Of course White has a positional advantage (look at Black’s Bishop!) and he could just retreat his Knight and be comfortably better. But he has better. How should White play?
Of course White is better (just look at Black’s Rook on a7, amongst other things) Uhlmann has all of his pieces ready to strike. How should he press his advantage?
Polanica Zdroj 1967
Black had just lost patience and played b6, trying to exchange pawns. White to play and win!
Black had just taken a pawn on f2 with his Knight. Did Uhlmann overlook this? White to play and win!
Of course White is better and he can simply take on g6 and remain on top. But one of Uhlmann’s trade marks when he had the upper hand was to always play the strongest move. What did Uhlmann play?
Bad Neuenahr 1991
Uhlmann had earlier sacrificed a pawn for reasonable positional compensation (control of the d-file). But Black’s last move (f6) creates an opportunity for Uhlmann to pounce on his opponent. White to play and win!