Monday’s winning 5-second tactics


”For every problem that can  solved by intelligence, there are 10 more problems waiting to be solved by imagination.”

–Amit Kalantri


gm  Banusz, Tamas


 gm  Siebrecht, Sebastian

Bundesliga Dortmund 2014.10.19  The famous Bundesliga, this past weekend.  This one is easy: a good way to start the week! Position after White’s 25th move.  Ofcourse, White’s position is a disaster and Black must win.  BUT, he should not rush: neither 25…Nxc4 nor 25…c2 26.Rc1 Nxc4 will convince White of the hopelessness of his situation and convince him to resign.  BE CALM! Reflect a bit and find the move that convinced White to resign!



im  Cuenca Jimenez, Jose Fernando (2476)


gm  Pruijssers, Roeland

Bundesliga Dortmund 2014.10.19  Position before Black’s 20th move. I like this example! Opposite side castling carries with it risks that are better evaluated BEFORE castling than after!  Here Black is well ahead in the race…




Bundesliga Dortmund 2014.10.19 Siebrecht, Sebastian–Banusz, Tamas:  25…Nc6!  0-1 (!) Because after  26.Bf3 c2 27.Rc1 Re1+!! and the roof collapses

Bundesliga Dortmund 2014.10.19 Pruijssers, Roeland–Cuenca Jimenez, Jose Fernando: 20…Bxd4! 21.Ba4 It is necessary to take the Black Knight out of action.  Immediate defeat follow 21.cxd4 Nxd4 22.Qd3 Rxg2+ and mate is not far off ) 21…b5! Now 22…Ne5 is threatened.  22.e5!?  What else? 22…Rg3! 23.Qh5 (23.Qd5 f3! )23… Rh3! 24.Qd1 f3 25.cxd4 Qg4 0-1 (25…Rxg2+! Is even stronger)

Sunday’s winning 5-second tactics


As the day progresses I will add more examples. Good luck!


Peterwitz, Klaus  (2125)


fm  Kummerow, Heiko  (2273)

Munnsterland Open; Senden, Deutschland 2014.10.14 Position after 19 moves. A position with a pawn structure similar to lines in the CaroKhan and/or Scandanavian. Black has castled Queenside but has not reacted well in the centre, opening lines prematurely and giving White the opportunity to develop an attack that turns out to be unstoppable.  Do you see the idea?




Munnsterland Open Senden, Deutschland 2014.10.14 Kummerow, Heiko–Peterwitz, Klaus: 20.Rxe5!  A strong positional sacrífice that deprives Black of his best dark-square defender. 20… Qxe5 21.Bf4 Qe7 (Black must prevent Qd6)  22.Qa4! f5 If instead 22…a6 23.Qa5 is curtains.  23.Qxa7 Ne5 24.Nxf5 Bxf5 25.Bxf5+ Kc7 26.Qa5+ b6 27.Qa7+ 1-0

Today’s winning SELFIE!


“Photography is like stealing.  You rob someone of a moment that exposes something essential about their character, their soul if you like…there are people who find that terrifying. The thought that everyone, friend of foe, can get so close to you, look you straight in the eye and judge you without having any control over it … ”

― Esther Verhoef, Close-up

Today’s chess (related!) video



”The Posthuman Dada Guide is an impractical handbook for practical living in our posthuman world–all by way of examining the imagined 1916 chess game between Tristan Tzara, the daddy of Dada, and V. I. Lenin, the daddy of communism.”


”This epic game at Zurich’s Café de la Terrasse–a battle between radical visions of art and ideological revolution–lasted for a century and may still be going on, although communism appears dead and Dada stronger than ever. As the poet faces the future mass murderer over the chessboard, neither realizes that they are playing for the world.”

”Taking the match as metaphor for two poles of twentieth- and twenty-first-century thought, politics, and life, Andrei Codrescu has created his own brilliantly Dadaesque guide to Dada–and to what it can teach us about surviving our ultraconnected present and future. Here dadaists Duchamp, Ball, and von Freytag-Loringhoven and communists Trotsky, Radek, and Zinoviev appear live in company with later incarnations, including William Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg, Gilles Deleuze, and Newt Gingrich.”

”The Posthuman Dada Guide is arranged alphabetically for quick reference and (some) nostalgia for order, with entries such as “eros (women),” “internet(s),” and “war.” Throughout, it is written in the belief “that posthumans lining the road to the future (which looks as if it exists, after all, even though Dada is against it) need the solace offered by the primal raw energy of Dada and its inhuman sources.”  VIMEO


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