Today’s tactics are all from round 1 of the very strong European Individual Championship (Kosovo). A total of 245 participants, of which 103 are grandmasters. Representatives from 39 countries. Prizes totalling 120,000 euros.
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White to play and WIN!
What is the fastest way for White to win?
White to play and CRUSH!
How should Black continue the attack?
White thinks he is winning! WRONG! How should Black play?
The following example is from the game Cheparinov versus Atakisi. The Bulgarian superstar had sacrificed a piece for two strong passed pawns. Just at the critical moment he overlooked a simple way to win the game:
Cheparinov-Atakisi. Position after 35.e7. White’s passed pawns are more than enough compensation for the piece.
35…Bxe7!?. Probably best. If instead 35…Rd6 36.Qf8! wins
36.Rde1! Cheparinov did NOT play this strong move. It wins! Instead he played 36.PxB and had to win the game all over again!
36…Bf8!? What else? Cheparinov thought that this move would give Black the advantage!
37.f7!! Winning atleast an exchange, and certainly the game! It is easy to overlook simple things in complicated positions…
1) 17th ch-EUR Gjakova KOS 2016.5.12 Kravtsiv, Martyn–Agushi, Agim: 35.Rxb6! This strong move creates by force another passed pawn. 35… axb6 36.a7 Ra8 37.c7 Qg5 38.Ra1 1-0 Enough is enough!
2) 17th ch-EUR Gjakova KOS 2016.5.12 Bartel, Mateusz–Xheladini, Mahmut: 24.Nd5! Bd8 5.Bc8+ 1-0 That was quick!
3) 17th ch-EUR Gjakova KOS 2016.5.12 Vallejo Pons, Francisco–Getz, Nicolai: White wins with 41.RxB! for if then 41…RxR 42.Rf7+ mates or wins the house.
4) 17th ch-EUR Gjakova KOS 2016.5.12 Korchmar, Vasiliy–Ponomariov, Ruslan: 19…Ng4! This move gives a very strong initiative to Black. Probably with best defence White can weather the storm, but in practice it is another question. 20.hxg4 Qh4 21.Rf3 Bxg4 22.Kf1 Bg7 23.Ke2? This loses 23… Rf8 24.Kd3 Bxf3 25.Bxf3 Nxf4+ 26.Kc2 g2 27.Bxf4 Rxf4 28.Bxg2 Rf2+ 29.Kb3 Rxg2 30.Qf1 Qg3 0-1 Ouch!!
5) 17th ch-EUR Gjakova KOS 2016.5.12 Kanmazalp, Ogulcan–Wojtaszek, Radoslaw: 30…Rh1+! 31.Kxh1 Qe1+ 32.Kh2 Qe5 And that is that! White’s attack fizzles and the rest is easy: 33.Nh4 Re8 34.f4 Qf6 35.Nf3 Re3 36.Qg5 Qxg5 37.Rxg5 f5 38.Kg1 Nf6 0-1