Today’s winning 5-second tactics

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MISSED IMMORTALITY

Benmesbah, Natacha

5

De Seroux, Camille

TCh-FRA Top 12 Montpellier 2015.5.31  Position before Black’s 26th move. Black clearly has the upper hand, his doubled Rooks on the d-file posed to do great damage to White. In the game continuation, Black played well enough to win (26…Rd2!? but now instead of 27.g3?? Qf2! (0-1), White can still fight up a bit with 27.RxR! RxR 28.PxP! when Black must still find some accurate moves to win)

INSTEAD, in the position above, Black missed an opportunity to win in such a style that this finaled might very well find itself in future books on brilliant wins!  Do you see it?

BLACK TO PLAY AND CRUSH!

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Ni, Shiqun

3

Zhang, Xiaowen

ch-CHN w Xinghua  2015.5.22  Position before White’s 19th move. What can one say?  The open h-file and active White Queen spell mortal danger for the Black monarch…a good tactician needs no hint!

WHITE TO PLAY AND CRUSH!

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Shen, Yang

1

Zhu, Ying

ch-CHN w Xinghua  2015.5.24  Position before Black’s 26th move. A sharp struggle!  White is playing very actively, relying on his strong centre and active pieces. While all of his pieces are defended except his Bishop on d4, White was confident of her position.  BUT there is a small tactical problem with White’s ambitions…do you see it?

BLACK TO PLAY AND GET A BIG EDGE!

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Ni, Shiqun

2

Lei, Tingjie

ch-CHN w Xinghua  2015.5.25  Position after 15 moves. This one is easy (compared to the previous). Black has a glaring hole on e6…

HOW SHOULD WHITE PLAY!

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Ider, Borya

1a

gm  Duda, Jan-Krzysztof

TCh-FRA Top 12 Montpellier 2015.6.1  Position after 17 moves. The Polish grandmaster is HOT in this event, having crushed Giri the round before…Here the Black Kingside is a bit exposed.  Do you need another hint?!

WHITE TO PLAY AND CRUSH!

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Pile, Richard

2

gm  Ragger, Markus

TCh-FRA Top 12 Montpellier 2015.6.1 Position after 22 moves. White is clearly on top, but the question is how to best take advantage of this.  Tempting, but wrong is the brash 23.Bxg7+ Kxg7 24.Bxd5 Bxd5 25.Qxd5 because Black gets serious counterplay after 25…Re2 26.Rae1 Rxe1 27.Rxe1 Rc2 etc.  White must look deeper into the position for ideas…

WHITE TO PLAY AND CRUSH!

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Pel, Bonno

3

gm  Wirig, Anthony

TCh-FRA Top 12 Montpellier 2015.6.1  Position after 19 moves of a wild and crazy Modern defence! Black had just made a slight error–often it takes just that in such fights–and now White has the opportunity to reel in the point.  Do you see the idea?

WHITE TO PLAY AND CRUSH!

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Bailet, Pierre

4

gm  Schlosser, Philipp

TCh-FRA Top 12 Montpellier 2015.5.31  Position after Black’s 27th move (27…Bf5), apparently quite strong-looking.  Did White overlook this shot?

WHITE TO PLAY AND CRUSH!

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TCh-FRA Top 12 Montpellier 2015.5.31  De Seroux, Camille–Benmesbah, Natacha: 26…Qf2!! 27.Qc2 Rd2! 28.Rg1 (what else makes sense?) 28…Nh3!! and mate is inevitable (The threat is 29…Qxg1+!!)

ch-CHN w Xinghua  2015.5.22  Zhang, Xiaowen-Ni, Shiqun: 19.Rxh7! Brutal! 19…Kxh7 20.Rh1+ Kg8 21.Qd4 Qd8 22.Rh8+ Kf7 23.Rh7+ Ke6 24.Qe3+ Kd5 25.Qd3+ Ke6 26.c4 d5 27.Qe3+ Kd6 28.c5# 1-0

ch-CHN w Xinghua  2015.5.24 Zhu, Ying–Shen, Yang: 26…Rxc1 ( Good enough, but even more precise is 26…Nxe4! 27.Bxg7 ( 27.Bxe4 Bxd4+ 28.Kh1 Rc3 ) Nxg3 28.Qxg3 Kxg7  and Rc3 is coming in soon ) 27.Rxc1 Nxe4!  The recurring theme here. Black wins a pawn clean. 28.Bxg7 Nxg3 29.Qxg3 Kxg7 and Black imposed on the 49th move.

ch-CHN w Xinghua  2015.5.25 Lei, Tingjie–Ni, Shiqun: 16.Ng5! Bxg5 Forced as after 16…Bxg2 there is a fork on e6.  17.Qxg5 Bxg2 and now the cleanest is 18.KxB! when both b7 and e7 are hanging; if the more or less forced 18…Nf6  White gets a killer bind with 19.d5! b6 20.Rbc1 and Black can hardly breath

TCh-FRA Top 12 Montpellier 2015.6.1 Duda, Jan-Krzysztof–Ider, Borya: 18.Bxg6 fxg6 19.Qh6 Rf8 20.Qxg6+ Kh8 21.Qxh5+ Kg8 22.Bh6 1-0

TCh-FRA Top 12 Montpellier 2015.6.1 Ragger, Markus–Pile, Richard: 23.Qh5! Rxd4 ( 23…Kg8 24.Bxd5 ) 24.Qh8+ Ke7 25.Qxg7 Rcc4 ( 25…Kd7 26.Qxd4 ) 26.Rfe1+ Kd7 27.Qxf7+ Kc6 28.Bxc4 Rxc4 29.Rad1 1-0  Besides other problems, the Rook on c4 is undefended

TCh-FRA Top 12 Montpellier 2015.6.1 Wirig, Anthony–Pel, Bonno: 20.Qg6!! Threatening mate 20.. Qf8 21.Kf2!? (21.f6! and then 22.Kf2 is the most precise move order) 21… Nd7 22.Rxh6+ Bxh6 23.Rh1 Nf6 24.Rxh6+ Qxh6 25.Qxh6+ Nh7 26.Qe6 Na4 27.Qxe7 Nc5?!  Black is lost anyway, his pieces being unable to coordinate 28.Qe8+! 1-0

TCh-FRA Top 12 Montpellier 2015.5.31  Schlosser, Philipp–Bailet, Pierre: 28.Qc3!! c6 ( The idea is that now after 28…Bxd3 White has the crushing 29.Nd5! ) 29.bxc6 bxc6 30.Bxc6 1-0  There is nothing to do about the coming Nd5

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