Thursday 5-second tactics!
SPRAGGETT ON CHESS
From the Moscow Open just the other day. Black’s last move was 23…Qb3, offering an exchange of Queens. White can not play 24.Qf3+, and it makes no sense to exchange Queens when you are down material. HOWEVER, there is a cute tactical idea hidden in the position that Black overlooked…
Also from Moscow! Position after White’s 23rd move (23.Qe2). A common theme that occurs in blitz games but less often in slow, serious games: the Rook on c3 must defend against the Ng3+ fork, and at the same time help defend the White Knight on c4….you get the idea.
BLACK TO PLAY AND WIN!
From Moscow! A beautiful game by White! Here the positional advantages that he possesses are sufficient to warrant a sudden sacrificial attack culminating in a Queen sacrifice and mate! You figure out the details…
WHITE TO PLAY AND WIN!
Maletin, P–Vidit, S: 24.Rxa7+! 1-0 After 24…KxR 25.RxN+! picks up the Queen
Pavlov, S–Ibragimov, I: 23…Rxc4! 24.Qxc4 Ng3+! 25.Kg1 Bc5+! 26.Rf2 Ne2+ 27.Kf1 Nxc3 0-1