Today’s winning 5-second tactics

Marcel Duchamp’s hands, New York City, 1959-60/ Alexander Liberman /sc

Marcel Duchamp’s hands, New York City, 1959-60/ Alexander Liberman /sc

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Tactics from Walter Browne’s games!

(PART I)

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Murray,Peter  (2200)

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gm  Browne,W

Canadian op 9th  Vancouver 1971.8.30  Position after 19 moves. Black has played a bit too loose on the Kingside (advancing his pawns),but never the less APPEARS to have everything covered. Black had primarily focused on 20.NxN BxQ 21.RxQ+ RxR 22.Ne5!? with interesting play for the exchange…

WHITE TO PLAY AND CRUSH!

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gm  Browne,W

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gm  Savon,Alex

Wijk aan Zee  1972.  Position after White’s 21st move (21.Qd4?). The Soviet grandmaster (the Cold War was still going on!) must have felt confident here, dreaming of mating the Black King along the a1–h8 diagonal.  How else to explain missing such a simple tactic?

BLACK TO PLAY AND CRUSH!

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gm Evans,Larry M

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gm  Browne,W

Lone Pine 1973.  Position after 14 moves.  Black has not played very precisely in the opening, and now White has dangerous possibilities. Black is mentally prepared for 15.Ng5!? Rf8 16.Nxf7 RxN 17.Qc4 Nf8 (18.Nb5!), but what happens in the game must have come as a complete surprise…

WHITE TO PLAY AND CRUSH!

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Canadian op 9th  1971.8.30 Browne, Walter S –Murray, Peter:  20.Ng4!! Unexpected!  And strong.  It is not often that we see a retreating move with such devastating consequences.  20… Re6 21.Nf6+! Kf7 22.Qxh5+ Kxf6 23.Qh6+ Kf7 24.Qxh7+ 1-0

Wijk aan Zee  1972 Savon,Vladimir A–Browne,Walter S: 21…Qxc3! 0-1 Savon had completely overlooked this tactic! After 22.QxQ Nxe2+ and 23…NxQ and 24…d4 the game is an easy win.

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Alexander Savon (1940–2005) was a Ukraine grandmaster and one of the strongest players of his generation. He had a fiery temper, and this is Browne’s account of how Savon resigned his game:

 “In Wijk aan Zee I beat Savon, the then Soviet Champion, in 21 moves with Black. When he lost it was the first time I ever saw emotion from a Soviet. He hit the table. Pow! He showed his anger and frustration. It was a very interesting experience to see that.”

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Lone Pine  1973  Browne Walter –Evans Larry M : 15.Bxf7+!  Shades of Paul Morphy! This is not something you see often in games between grandmasters. 15…Kh8 (Unfortunately, forced: 15…KxB 16.Qc4+ and 17.Ng5 is curtains) 16.Ng5 Nf8 17.Bb3 Rd7 18.f4! h6 19.fxe5 Qxe5 20.Qc4 Nd5 21.Nf3 Qe8 22.Bd4 b5 23.axb5 cxb5 24.Nxb5 1-0

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