Sunday’s 5-second Tactics
How are you today? I present 14 tactics from the games of grandmaster Nicolas Rossolimo’s games. Some are difficult, some are relatively straight-forward and some are inbetween. It all depends on how sharp your tactical skill is today. Good luck!
Paris 1937 (1-0)
The Black Queen seems cut off from its forces. How can White take advantage of this?
Bad Gastien 1948 (1-0)
Black has a serious problems with his piece coordination, and his King is uncastled. How can White take advantage of this? White to play and CRUSH!
Oldenburg 1948 (1-0)
White has sacrificed a piece to disrupt Black’s development. How can he make progress? White to play and CRUSH!
Slovakia, 1949 (0-1)
A sharp position! If Black now retreats his Knight to c6, then White will play Bb3,Kc2 and Ra1. How should Black proceed instead?
Venice 1949 (1-0)
Of course White has a big positional advantage and an attack to boot. How should White press his advantage in a few short moves?
Hastings 1950 (1-0)
White has finished his development while Black still finds his King in the centre.How can White exploit this to his advantage?
Mar del Plata 1950 (1-0)
Black has just played his Knight to b4, attacking the White Queen. What did Black overlook?
Puerto Rico 1967 (1-0)
Look at Black’s Bishop on a8! How can White take advantage of Black’s lack of piece coordination.
Paris 1936 (1-0)
White to play and CRUSH!
Hastings 1948 (1-0)
All of White’s pieces are perfectly placed. How can White take advantage of this to strike deeply into Black’s position?
Heidleberg 1949 (0-1)
Black appears to be in trouble. His Queenside pawns are about to disappear. Black needs to seriously pull a rabbit from his hat to change his luck. Black to play and win!
Venice 1950 (1-0)
White to play and win!
Amsterdam 1950 (1-0)
Black has just tried to take the initiative in the centre by advancing his d-pawn. How should White demonstrate that this action is faulty?
Besides being a pawn up, White’s pieces dominate the entire board. How should White demonstrate Black’s helplessness?