Today’s winning 5-second tactics

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fm  Pogats,Jozsef

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gm  Szabo Laszlo

Ch Hungary Budapest 1954  Position after 23 moves.  Szabo was like a fish in water in middlegame positions arising from the Nimzo Indian.  Here White’s attack seems to have come to an end…his Rook on a2 finding it difficult to support White’s ‘war efforts’…

WHITE TO PLAY AND WIN!

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Jozsef Pogats was a well known helpmate composer. (1928–2004)

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Szabo Laszlo

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im  Szily, Jozsef

Ch Hungary Budapest 1954 Position after 29 moves.  Black is attacking the f2-pawn and it very much seems as though White can not do much about it. Completely hopeless is 30.Bxf7+? KxB!; or if 30.Kh3 Qxf2 and Black is even better!  Frustrating isn’t it?

WHITE TO PLAY AND WIN!

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Ch Hungary Budapest 1954 Szabo Laszlo–Pogats Jozsef : 24.Rxg7! Kxg7 25.Qf6+ Kg8 26.f3!!  (The clever idea behind Szabo’s sacrífice.  If instead 26.Qxh6 f5! (forced) 27.PxP Bf3!=)26…Bxf3 27.Rf2 Qd8 28.Qxh6 f5 29.Rxf3 Kf7 3 P+ Kc8 34.Qe7 1-0

Ch Hungary Budapest 1954  Szily Jozsef–Szabo Laszlo: 30.d4!! exd4 31.Qxb5 d3 This pawn advance looks strong 32.Qxc5! 1-0  The point is that after  Qxc5 33.Rxc5 d2 White can win easily in a Rook ending with 34.Bxf7+ and 35.Rd5

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