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Today’s winning 5-second tactics
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wgm Repkova,E (2342)
TCh-SVK Slovakia 2015.1.17 Position after Black’s 11th move (11…Qxd4?). Being the higher rated player by more than 2oo-points, Black took the d-pawn and dared White to ‘Do your worse!’. What can one say? When one has forgotten to castle…
WHITE TO PLAY AND CRUSH!
im Borocz,I (2372)
TCh-HUN 2014.12.14 Position after 14 moves. Black has played a risky opening, trying to confuse his opponent and get an active game by advancing his f-pawn before castling. Against many players such a strategy might work well, but against a VERY strong grandmaster like Berkes it is like putting your head into a lion’s mouth!
WHAT IS WHITE’S BEST CONTINUATION?
Georgia-Ch Tbilisi, 16-1-2015 Position after 27 moves. A sharp position where material is slightly in White’s favour, but Black has no weaknesses and a slight initiative. In particular, White’s backrank is vulnerable. I would estimate the chances approximately balanced, though I would prefer to play White.
A natural reaction (trying to get rid of the annoying Bishop on h3), but infact a decisive mistake! Correct would have been 28.Re2
BLACK TO PLAY AND WIN!
TCh-SVK Slovakia 2015.1.17 Istona,Martin–Repkova,E: 12.Nxf7! Kxf7 (Castles is better, but Black is lost in any case after 13.Ng5) 13.Bxe6+ Bxe6 14.Qxe6+ Kg6 15.Ne2! Killing 15… Qg4 16.Nf4+ Kh6 17.Qxe7 g5 18.Ne6 Rhg8 19.h4 Rae8 20.hxg5+ Kg6 21.Qd6 Ne4 22.Rxe4Qxe4 23.Nc5+ 1-0
TCh-HUN 2014.12.14 Berkes,F—Borocz,I: 15.Qf3!! A very provocative but strong move! White willingly sacrífices a piece for two pawns inorder to disorganize the Black forces. 15… e4 Forced, otherwise Black loses his f-pawn. 16.Ncxe4 fxe4 17.Bxe4 ( Good enough, but stronger is 17.Nxe4! Qg8 only and now simply piling up the pressure on f6 is crushing: 18.Bd2 Nc5 ( 18…Qd8 19.Bc3 Rf8 20.Nxf6 Bxf6 21.Qe4 )Rf8 ( 19…Bg4 20.Qf4 Nc5 21.Nxc5 dxc5 22.Bc3 Qd7 23.f3 Bxh5 24.Re6 ) 20.Bc3 Nc5 21.Nxf6 Bxf6 22.Qg3 etc ) 19.Nxc5 dxc5 20.Bg6+ Kf8 21.Rae1 and Black is helpless ) 17…Qg8 18.Re1 Qf8 19.Bg6+ Kg8 20.Bd2 ( 20.Nf5! Bxf5 21.Bxf5 Rh7 22.Rb1 Kh8 23.b4 ) Bd7 21.Nf5 Bxf5 22.Bxf5 Rh7 23.Bc3 Nc5 24.Re3 Ncd7 25.Rae1 Kh8 26.Bxh7 Kxh7 27.Qf5+ Kg8 28.Re7 Ne5 1-0
74th Ch-Georgia Tbilisi 16-1-2015 Jojua,D–Pantsulaia,L: 29…Rd2!! 0-1 (!) White is dead lost! If 30.Rxe1 ( also useless is 30.Bxh3 Qxf1+ 31.Bxf1 Rxc2 and even worse is 30.Qxd2 Qxd2 31.Bxh3 Qxb2 ) 30…Bxg2+ 31.Kg1 Bd4+ and mate next move.
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