Today’s winning 5-second tactics!

Marcel Duchamp’s hands, New York City, 1959-60

”War would end if the dead could return.”

Stanley Baldwin

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im  Priyadharshan,K  (2460)

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gm   Shoker,S

 

GM-norm tournament  Saint Louis US  2014.11.22  A very sharp position!  Black’s 23rd move (23…Rc5). looks as though White is faced with serious problems with his Knight on d4. Moving the Queen is out of the question (White will lose material).  Curiously, White  can bail out with the incredible shot 24.Ne6!?, though after the relatively best 24…RxQ 25.NxQ Bd4! the game seems very drawish. BUT White has better!  Much better…

WHAT IS WHITE’S STRONGEST CONTINUATION?

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wgm  Kalinina, Olga  (2259)

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wgm  Muzychuk, Mariya  (2529)

74th ch-UKR w  Lviv UKR 2014.11.19  Position after 18 moves. White has an obvious positional advantage with his strongly posted Knight on d6. However, looking deeply into the position, we find that a sharp tactic is hidden that takes advantage of Black’s poorly placed pieces…

HOW DOES WHITE WIN MATERIAL?

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THRUST AND COUNTER-THRUST!

 

gm  Ponomariov, Ruslan

3

gm  Zubarev, Alexander

83rd ch-UKR  Lviv UKR 2014.11.19.  This is a really SHARP game! White just played  28.Nxd6.  If now 28…BxN 29.Qxd6 hits Black’s Rook on b8.  Ponomariov played …

28…RxB!

3b

If now  29.QxR BxN and Black must win.  Also hopeless is 29.NxQ RxB and White can not take advantage of either the Bishop on c5 or the pawn on g7.  Could it be that White had overlooked Ponomariov’s 28th move?

29.Rxg7+!

3c

Taking the Rook allows NxQ with check!

29…Kh8!!

3d

Incredible!  Everything is hanging, but Black will emerge on top! Makes one wonder whether Ponomariov had forseen all of this earlier…

After the forced sequence 30.QxR BxN 31.Rg3 Rxb4 32.Qa1 Rxf4 33.Rxf4 Qxf4 we have an instructive ending where Black is much better:

3e

Black won in 62 moves with his e-pawn!

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GM-norm tournament  Saint Louis US  2014.11.22  Shoker,S–Priyadharshan,K:  24.Nxc6!!  Rxc2 25.Rxd8+ Kh7 26.Bf4! Qb7 27.Rbd1! ( 27.Nb4? Qe7! and Black is better! ) 27…Rxc6 ( 27…b5 28.Nb4 )  28.R1d7 Qxd7 There is nothing better 29.Rxd7 Re6 30.Bb7 Ne7 31.Bxa6 and with the Bishop pair and more active game White has excellent winning prospects.  He won in 76 moves.

74th ch-UKR w  Lviv UKR 2014.11.19  Muzychuk, Mariya–Kalinina, Olga:  19.Bxc6! (Preparing the next move) 19… bxc6 20.Nf5!! Rxd2 ( Also insufficient is  20…Qxf5  21.Qxd8+ Kh7  22.f3! ) 21.Nxe7+ Kh7 22.Nxg6 Kxg6 23.f3 Be6 24.Rf2 and , with an Exchange to the good, White has a winning ending.  She won in 71 moves.

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