Today’s 5-second tactics!
im Zhou, Yang-Fan
From the Big Slick norm tournament in London this week. Zhou is in great form as he leads the tournament. In the position above, after 25 moves of play, White has the opportunity to sacrífice on g6, but first analysis indicates that it is not yet strong enough: 26.Bxg6 PxP 27.Qxg6+ Qg7 and White must retreat, allowing Black time to regroup.
WHAT AM I MISSING? WHITE TO PLAY AND WIN!
gm Kryvoruchko,Yuri (2650)
gm Eljanov,Pavel (2707)
From the Ukraine Championship taking place in Kiev. Position after 30 moves (game played yesterday!). White has a slight positional plus and probably should continue 31.Na6 followed by 32.Qf3 with some creeping pressure. Black’s pawn structure has been slightly compromised and he must be careful not to allow White’s pieces to find open lines…INSTEAD, Eljanov decided to keep his Knight on b4, from where it most easily pressures d5.
This logical move seems perfectly reasonable but is infact a mistake that gives Black the opportunity to win the game immediately!
BLACK TO PLAY AND WIN!
FINAL RESULTS AFTER TODAY’S ROUND:
There are some great photos at the above link from both the men’s and the women’s Ukraine Championship. Here are just a few …
The very photogenic wim Katarina Dolzhkova
Zhou, Yang-Fan–Radovanovic, Jovica: 26.Bxg6! hxg6 27.Rh6!! The point. 27… Re7 28.Qxg6+ Rg7 29.Qe6+ Qf7 30.Qh3! winning attack The game continued 30…Qd7 31.f5 Rh7 32.Rg6+ Rg7 33.Rh1 Rxg6 34.Qh8+ Kf7 35.fxg6+ Kxg6 36.Qh5+ Kf5 37.Rf1+ Ke6 38.Qe2+ Kd6 39.Rxf8 Kc6 40.Rf6+ Kc7 41.g6 Kb8 42.Rf7 Qd8 43.g7 1-0
Eljanov, P–Kryvoruchko, Y: 31… Na3!! Surprise! White finds that his back rank is vulnerable and he loses material staving off mate 32.Rxa3 Rc1+ 33.Qf1 Rxf1+ 34.Kxf1 Rc4 35.Rab3 Qh2 36.f3 Qh1+ 37.Kf2 Rc1 38.Rxc1 Qxc1 0-1