Today’s winning 5-second tactics

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Ratkovic, Milovan  (2403)

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gm  Kovacevic, A

Serbian Ch Vrbas  27-04-2015  An easy one to start today!  Position after 30 moves.  There is often a price to pay for not castling…

WHITE TO PLAY AND CRUSH!

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gm  Rodshtein, M

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gm  Tomashevsky, E

World Teams Tsaghkadzor ARM 2015.4.28  Position after 33 moves.  It was an interesting struggle until Black decided to voluntarily weaken the pawns around his King. But ofcourse, Black has chosen this strategy so as to provoke his opponent. Tempting , but wrong would now be 34.Nxb5+ PxN 35.Rxb5 as simply 35…QxN and White can not have more than a draw after 36.Rb7+ Kd8 37.RxN+.

More serious is 34.d5!? and after 34…Nc5 simply 35.Qd1 PxP 36.Nb3 with a strong attack. HOWEVER, White has even better!  A knock-out blow!  Do you see it?

WHITE TO PLAY AND CRUSH!

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gm  Adly, Ahmed

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gm  Movsesian, Sergei

World Teams Tsaghkadzor ARM 2015.4.28  Position before Black’s 38th move. Clearly White is busted!  Every single Black piece bears down on the White monarch’s residence. In the game continuation, Adly played 38…Rg3 followed by …Rxh3+!, but it still took another 20 moves or so to convince his rival to throw in the towel. In the position above, there must be a mate somewhere! But where?

BLACK TO PLAY AND FORCE MATE!

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Serbian Ch Vrbas  25-04-2015 Kovacevic, A–Ratkovic, Milovan: 31.Rxe6+! fxe6 32.Qxe6+ Kd8  (or 32…Kf8 33.Nd7+) 33.Qxg8+ Kc7 34.Qxh7+ 1-0

World Teams Tsaghkadzor ARM 2015.4.28  Tomashevsky, E–Rodshtein, M: 34.Bxc6!! If now 34…Kxc6 35.Rxb5 Qa6 36.Qc4+ etc or if instead  34…Nb6 35.Qf7+ Kxc6 36.Rxf6+ Bd6 37.d5+ etc   Black tried 34…Rxe3 but after 35.Rxb5 Rxc3 36.bxc3 1-0

World Teams Tsaghkadzor ARM 2015.4.28  Movsesian, Sergei–Adly, Ahmed: 38…Qxf3!! 39.gxf3 Rg1+!! With mate in 7 moves atmost!

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