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Saturday’s winning 5-second tactics
“Of all the words of mice and men, the saddest are, “It might have been.” ― Kurt Vonnegut
gm Spassky. Boris V
gm Larsen, Bent
Linares 1981 Position after 41 moves. Black’s last move was 41…Qe2+. After an interesting fight it now appears clear that the game is going to end in a perpetual check, a fair result. If Larsen tries to avoid the draw with 42.Qf2 Qg4+ 43.Kh1 then after 43… Qd1+ 44.Qg1 Qxa4 it will be White who will have to find a way to draw! The game continued
When Spassky was expecting 43.Kg2 Qf2+ repeating the position, and hence a draw. HOWEVER, Larsen played the astonishing
BLACK TO PLAY AND WIN!
Grandmaster Bent Larsen (Denmark,1935–2010) was one of the most successful tournament players of all times. Always playing for a win, Larsen would sometimes lose his sense of objectivity and give his opponent undeserved chances. Witness his game against the great Paul Keres from San Antonio 1972:
Position after 46 moves. A pawn up, it is , however, not clear if White has any winning chances as everything is on one side of the board and Black has no weaknesses. In any case, it is hard to believe that Black actually WON this game! Larsen tried too hard and put his King into a dangerous position. You can play over the game HERE.
Soler Rionegro, Andres (1950)
fm Arias Boo, Guillermo (2339)
Lliga Catalana 2015.1.31 Position after White’s 25th move (25.Qb5). White is threatening 26.RxN when the Black is enprise. Even so, Black is fine in the above position, and need only play 25…c4 (for example) and if anyone is better it is Black! HOWEVER, probably a bit afraid of his higher rated opponent, Black decided to defend the Rook directly
Looks like a super-safe move, but is infact the losing move!
WHITE TO PLAY AND WIN!
im Gonzalez Rodriguez, Jorge
im Cruz Sanchez, Jonathan Esteban
Lliga Catalana 2015.2.7 Position after 22 moves. Black had several moves before taken a hot pawn on c4 and now is about to be punished. Do you see why?
WHITE TO PLAY AND WIN!
Linares 1981 Larsen Bent– Spassky Boris V :43…g4+! 0-1 Larsen overlooked that after 44.KxP Bh5+! wins the Queen or mates!
Lliga Catalana 2015.1.31 Arias Boo, Guillermo–Soler Rionegro, Andres: 26.Rxf6! Bxf6 27.Qc4+! A nasty surprise! The coming check on f7 is decisive. 1-0
Lliga Catalana 2015.2.7 Cruz Sanchez, Jonathan Esteban–Gonzalez Rodriguez, Jorge: 23.Ng5!! fxg5 24.Rd6! The whole point! ( Black can not take the Rook as it would allow forced mate in two moves; 24…Rhf8 allows simply 25.Rxe6 and if instead 24…Qg8 25.Qf6+ with a mate in 6 moves ) 24…Qc425.Qf6+ 1-0
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