Today’s winning 5-second tactics

time-to-think

“Time has a wonderful way to show us what really matters.”

― Margaret Peters

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gm  Szabo,L

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im  Szilagyi, Gyorgy

Ch Hungary Budapest 1951  Position after White’s 26th move (26.Qxa4).  Appearances can be deceptive when first trying to make sense of this position. Two Knights versus two Bishops; White’s King looks safe enough, and White has an extra pawn! Why should White complain?

BLACK TO PLAY AND WIN!

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gm  Szabo,L

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gm  Stalberg,Gideon

Helsinki Olympiad  1952  Position after 20 moves. Black has a number of little problems here, most notably his awkwardly posted Bishop on a4.  This gives White an idea…

21. c5!

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The  basic idea is that if 21…Qxc5? 22.Qe4! g6 23.Qxa4 with an extra piece.  Black might get a couple of pawns for it, but it will do him no good as White would still have the attack (Nc6 in some lines)

21…bxc5

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Now if 22.Qe4 there would follow 22…f5!  23.QxB QxN

WHITE TO PLAY AND CRUSH!

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Ch Hungary Budapest 1951 Szilagyi Gyorgy –Szabo Laszlo :26…Bd7 27.Qa6 Bb5 0-1  The Queen is trapped!

Olympiad Helsinki  1952 Stålberg Gideon–Szabo Laszlo: 22.Nxf7!! Rxf7 (What else? 22…Qf4 23.dxe6 is crushing or  22…Kxf7 23.dxe6+ Kg8 24.Bxh7+ wins the house)  23.dxe6 Kf8 ( No better is 23…Rxf2 24.Qh5! h6 25.Qg6 etc; OR if 23…Rf8 24.Bxh7+! and 25.RxQ ) 24.exf7 ( Even stronger is 24.Qe4 Bc6 25.Qxh7 ) Rd8 25.Re1 Rd7 26.Qe4 Qh6 27.Rb2 1-0

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