Wednesday’s winning 5-sec tactics


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gm  Shabalov,A


wcm  Garcia La Rosa, L  (2017)

X American Continental   Montevideo  2015.5.15  Position before Black’s 12th move.  An English opening has lead to a sharp fight where the experienced grandmaster has just played a pawn sacrifice on f4.  But what does he have for it?  If 12…Qh4 13.f5! Bf6 14.f4! and White is ok .




gm  Szabo,Laszlo


im  Becker, Albert

Tatatovaros (Hungary)  1935. Position before Black’s 19th move. A super-sharp opening arising from the Slav Defence where a small imprecision on White’s part has given the Hungarian future-grandmaster the opportunity to demonstrate his tactical acumen. The Black Knight is being attacked, and should it retreat then 20.e4 will only help White push Black back.




gm  Hort,V


gm  Szabo, L

Sarajevo 1972  Position after 24 moves.  In this tournament the Hungarian super-star was in excellent form and won convincingly ahead of such formidable opposition as Petrosian and Keres.  In the position above Black is a pawn up but finds his King somewhat ignored by his own forces…something Szabo is quick to take advantage of.



Laszlo Szabo was born in Budapest on March 19, 1917. At the age of eighteen, he won the Hungarian Championship for the first of eight times. Before World War II, he worked in the foreign exchange department of a Budapest bank. During World War II, he was in a Hungarian Forced Labor unit where he was captured by the Russian army. He was a prisoner of war until after the end of World War II. Following the Second World War, he began to compete in major international events. In total, he represented Hungary at 11 Olympiads, playing first board on five occasions and delivering many medal-winning performances. In 1937, he took the team silver and individual silver medals, in 1952 an individual bronze, in 1956 a team bronze and in 1966, team bronze and individual silver. He was awarded the GM title in 1950 and took part in three of the Candidates’ tournaments during the 1950’s, finishing joint third in 1956. He continued to play in tournaments and promote chess in his country until his death in 1998–on August 8, 1998. (From

His family donated Szabó’s entire chess library and his papers to the Cleveland Public Library John G. White Chess and Checkers Collection. The John G. White Collection of Chess and Checkers is the largest chess library in the world (32,568 volumes of books and serials, including 6,359 volumes of bound periodicals.)


X American Continental   Montevideo  2015.5.15  Garcia La Rosa, Lorena Estefan–Shabalov, Alexander:  12…Bxh3!! A surprisingly strong move. 13.fxe5 (If 13.Bxh3 Qh4! 14.Bg2 exf4 15.f3 fxe3 16.Qxe3 Be5!) 13…Nxe5 14.f3 Qd7 15.b3 Bxg2 16.Kxg2 Nxf3!! 17.Rxf3 Rxf3 18.Kxf3 Qh3+ 19.Kf2 Rf8+ 20.Kg1 Rf3 21.Bf2 Be5 0-1  A model attacking game!

Tatatovaros (Hungary)  1935  Becker Albert (AUT)–Szabo Laszlo (HUN): 19…Qh4!!  20.fxe4  (There are only bad options: 20.Bb2 Rd2! Or  20.Qe2 Rd1+! with a quick mate ) 20…Bxe4 21.Qe2 Qg3! 22.Bd2 Qh2+ 23.Kf1 Bg3! 0-1 mate is inevitable

Sarajevo 1972 Szabo L–Hort V: 25.Bxg6! Rf8 (25…hxg6 26.Qe6+ Kh7 27.Rxf6 Rf8 28.Qe7+  or if 25…Kh8  simply 26.Bf5 must win ) 26.Qg3 Kh8 27.Bxh7!! Qb2 ( 27…Kxh7 28.Rf4 ) 28.Bf5 Qd4+ 29.Kh1 Rg8 30.Qf3 Rce8 31.Qh5+ Kg7 32.Qh7+ 1-0

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