Friday’s 5-second tactics!

SPRAGGETT ON CHESS

 
ALL SOLUTIONS TO THIS WEEK’S TACTICS WILL BE POSTED TOMORROW MORNING!
gm  PANARIN.M
gm  GANGULY,S
 
Moscow, yesterday.  Position after 16 moves in a Catalan opening.  I have never understood the appeal by the Black players  to happily grab the pawn in the opening ….and then defend like a dog for the middlegame…but there are tastes for everything and everybody in chess!
 
WHITE TO PLAY AND WIN!
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gm  IBRAGIMOV

gm  KOKAREV,D

Moscow, yesterday also!  White had just played 40.Bxd5.  What a wild position! (Hasn’t anyone heard about positional chess?)  Black is supposedly a bit better after 40…Bg6(!) but in this kind of position it is never over until it is over….HOWEVER, Black played inaccurately with the natural 40…Ne2+? and the game continued 41.RxN!  BxR  arriving at the following position:

 

Here White played the imprecise 42.Qe4.  INSTEAD, White has a really strong knock-out punch.

WHITE TO PLAY AND WIN!
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Solutions:

Ganguly, S–Panarin, M:  17.Rxd7! Qxd7 18.Ra8+ Bd8 and now the quickest is 19.Bg5! and it is all over but the shouting.
Kokarev, D–Ibragimov, I: White missed  42.Rg8+!! Kxg8 43.Qg6+ Kh8 44.Qxh6+ Kg8 45.Qf8+ Kh7 46.Be4+
 
 
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