More 5-second tactics!
gm Yu, Yangyi
gm Sethuraman, S.P
The Asian Continental, UAE, 22- 4-2014. Position after 22 moves of play. White had earlier sacrificed a pawn on e5, hoping for positional pressure and maybe a bit more, but this has not materialized. Never the less, he has compensation and should now proceed with 23.Be4! with a reasonable position. However, White wanted more and decided to preserve his Bishop:
This overly ambitious move gives Black a tactical opportunity to get a big advantage.
WHAT IS BLACK’S BEST LINE?
gm Vajda, Levente
UAE once more. 26-4 -2014. Position after White’s 19th move. A sharp game! Here Black must play 19…Bf5! when he is ok. INSTEAD, not sensing the danger, he took the Rook:
WHITE TO PLAY AND WIN!
This position arose after White’s 52nd move (52.Nf3) in the game played in the 2nd round of the Coimbra Open International on Friday. Both players were in frantic time trouble and had virtually no time to think. The experienced Polish IM had been making progress the past few moves, and now the opportunity to mate by force has presented itself.
BLACK TO PLAY AND MATE IN 3 MOVES!
13th Asian Continental Sharjah UAE Sethuraman, S.P. – Yu, Yangyi 23… e4!! 24. Nxe4 No better is 24. Nh4 Nxg3! 25. hg Rxd2 26. Qxd2 Qxg3 27. Qg2 (27. Ng2 e3 28. Qe2 Bd6) 27… Qxh4 etc. and 24.Bxe4 is answered by 24…Nxg3! with play similar to the game. 24… Nxe4 25. Bxe4 Nxg3! 26. hg Qxg3 27. Qg2 [27. Kh1 Qh3 28. Kg1 Qg4 29. Kh1 Bxe4] 27… Qxg2 28. Kxg2 Bxe4 29. Be3 Rd3 30. Bxb6 Rxa3 31. c5 Bh6 32. Rce1 Bd5 33. Rd1 Ba8 34. Rd6 Bf4 [0:1]
13th Asian Continental Sharjah UAE Vajda, Levente – Luke, Li 26- 4-2014. 20.Qg8+!! Forced mate!
Coimbra Open International 25-04-2014. Oliveira,Ines–Butkiewicz,Luk: 52…Nf1+ 52.Kh1 Qh2+!! and mate next move.