Today's 5-second tactics
im Nagy, Gabor
The European Cup. Position after 25 moves of play. Black seems well dug in and ready to fight for every inch of territory. BUT there is a fundamental flaw in his position that stands out like a sore.
WHITE TO PLAY AND WIN!
wgm Stojanovic, Andjelija
gm Danielian, Elina
From the European Cup last week. Position after 23 moves of play. White has a dominating position and has gone over to the attack. The last move was 23.Ng4 h5, with Black trying desperately to push back White’s offensive…White was not likely to do that!
WHAT IS WHITE’S WINNING LINE?
TRYING TO BE TOO BRILLIANT
im Andersen, Mads
gm Rasmussen, Allan Stig
Also from the European Cup. Position after 25 moves. White is obviously pleased with himself, his kingside attack having met with little or no real resistance. Here White could calmly end the game with 26.Rg2! for instance, 26…Bxd4 27.Rxg7+ or if 26…Rc1+ 27.Bxc1 Bxd4+ 28.Kf1 Bxe5 29.Qxh6 Qxf5+ 30.Ke1; finally, if instead 26…f6 27.Qxh6 and there is nothing to be done.
INSTEAD, White decided it was not enough to merely win the game, but that he would also like to bag the brilliancy prize.! The played the reckless 26.Qxh6–which as brilliant as it might have seen at the time to Rasmussen, has a serious flaw.
HOW DOES BLACK REFUTE THIS?
Nagy, Gabor–Bjerre, Tavs: 26.Ndb5! 1-0 26…PxN 27.Nd5! is crushing
Danielian, Elina–Stojanovic, Andjelija: 24.Nh6+!! Kf8 ( After 24…Bxh6 follows 25.e6! Kh7 26.exd7 and Black does not have a good move ) 25.Nxf7!? ( Now 25.f5! Bxe5 26.Qd2 is the simplest way to finish the game ) 25…b4 26.Qe3!? ( 26.Qc2 ! Kxf7 27.f5! Kg8 28.f6 ) 26…Kxf7 and now 27.f5! gxf5 28.Rxf5+ Kg8 29.e6 Nf8 30.Rxf8+ should do the trick.
Rasmussen, Allan Stig–Andersen, Mads: 26.Qxh6?? gxh6 27.Rg2+ Ng5! 28.Rxh6 ( or 28.Bxg5 Qxf5! 29.Be3+ Qg6! ) f6 29.exf6 Bxd4 0-1