Today’s winning 5-second tactics

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QUICK KILL (1.)

  Ratkovic, M  (2365)

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gm  Kovacevic, A

Serbian Ch Vrbas  20-04-2015  Position after 24 moves of a Queen’s Gambit Declined. Material is even and both sides have all of their pieces in play. BUT…(there is often a ‘but’ in chess!) it is always dangerous to let a Rook look into the eyes of your Queen…

WHITE TO PLAY AND CRUSH!

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QUICK KILL (2.)

wgm/im Mkrtchian, L

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Wafa, S  (2250)

Women’s World Teams  Chengdu  2015.4.21  Position after White’s 29th move (29.Ng5)  A pawn down, White must play for tricks. Now neither 29…PxN 30.RxN Rd2 31.Re2! nor 29…Bf7 30.NxB KxN 31.Kf1 make any real progress for Black…

BLACK TO PLAY AND CRUSH!

lilit

Lilit Mkrtchian (born 1982) is an Armenian grandmaster and 4-time Champion of her country. One of Armenia’s brightest stars, in 2002 Lilit won the silver medal in the European Individual Championship; in 2003 she helped Armenia win the gold medal in Plovdiv at the European Team Chess Championship; in 2006 she won the bronze medal in Kusadasi at the European Individual Championship. Lilit is a regular on any Armenian Women’s Team.

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Serbian Ch Vrbas  20-04-2015 Kovacevic, A–Ratkovic, M:  24.Be6!!  1-0(!) Black loses the house.  If 24…Qc7 25.Bxc8 or 24…QxB 25.RxQ and 26.QxB

Women’s World Teams  Chengdu  2015.4.21 Wafa, S–Mkrtchian, L:29…Rd2! Crushing 30.Bh7+! ( 30.Re2 Rxe2 31.Nxe2 fxg5 or if 30.Nxe6 Bxf2+ wins atleast a piece ) 30…Kh8! 31.N3e4 (Again, 31.Nxe6 Bxf2+ 32.Kf1 Bxe1 33.Kxe1 Rxg2 and wins easily ) 31…Rxa2 and Black won quickly (31…g3! would be even quicker!)

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