Today’s 5-second tactics
“People who are winning at working don’t ignore the problems they encounter.”
― Nan S. Russell
Varaciuc, V (2179)
gm Svetushkin, D
Lasi,Romania. May 11 of this year. Position after 14 moves of play. Black has misplayed the opening, weakening his Kingside while White amassed his pieces ready for the attack. White does not hesitate…
The piece can not be taken: 15… gxf6 16. exf6 Bd6 17. Nxd4 ! and the transter of the Queen to the Kingside is immediately decisive: Bxf4 (17… Nxf6 18. Nxc6 Bxf4 19. Nxb8) 18. Qg4 Bg5 19. hxg5 h5 20. Qxh5 Nxd4 21. Be4 and mate is not far off
15… Kh8 16.Ng5!!
Picturesque! Both Knights can be taken and Black can not simply allow them to stay there as White is threatening (amongst other things) Qe4: 16…Pxc4?!17. Qe4! g6 18. Nxf7 +!Rxf7 19. Qxg6 etc. And clearly impossible is 16… hxg5 17. Qh5#. So Black is stuck between a rock and a hard place (as the saying goes…)
16… Bxf6!? 17. exf6 e5
There is nothing better. White now efficiently dissects the Black Monarch’s liver…
18. fxg7+ Kxg7 19. Qg4!
Relentless! White has 5 pieces available for the attack, and does not shrink from sacrificing some of them in the assault. Now 19…f5 goes off to 20.Ne6+ Kf6 21.Qg7+ KxN 22.Bxc6! and Black can only decide upon which way White will mate him!
The game quickly ended: