Today’s winning 5-second tactics

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“I think the only way to properly face doom is to be on time.”

― Jennifer duBois, A Partial History of Lost Causes

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gm  Zhou, Weiqi

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gm  Wen, Yang

TCh-CHN  2015.7.24  Position after 20 moves. Black is a pawn up but without this King’s Bishop he must be very wary of a sudden attack against his King.  In the game continuation White had the right idea but did not execute it properly: 21.Rxd6?! PxR 22.Qf6 Qe5! holding. There is better for White, much better truth be told, but you must find it!

WHITE TO PLAY AND CRUSH!

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A LIVING HELL

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This photo circulated the world in early July 1971. It shows Bobby Fischer playing the 6th game of his Candidates Match (quarter finals), held in Vancouver.  Bobby was leading by 5-0 (!) after an incredible blunder by the Russian grandmaster in the 5th game. Bobby also won the sixth game, an absolutely sensational result, resulting in a growing awareness of chess unprecedented up to that time.  It was the beginning of the Fischer Boom….

gm  Fischer,Bobby

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gm  Taimanov,Mark

The position after 45 moves of play.  It looks like a dead draw (it is!), and most spectators must have wondered why Taimanov had not offered a draw. Ofcourse, it would have meant that Fischer would then have 4.5 points from 5 possible, but atleast  Taimanov would have a half point! No one could believe Taimanov’s next move…

46.RxP??

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Without any hesitation Fischer replied 46…Qd4+! and Taimanov resigned immediately, realizing that he loses his Rook after 47.Rf2 Ra1+ etc.

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Poor Taimanov would never recover from this devastating loss, perhaps even more painful than eventually losing the entire match by 6-0.  He later confided to French superstar GM Joel Lautier in an interview:

“Until the match with Fischer in 1971, everything went smoothly in my chess career. This dramatic match changed my life into hell…The sanctions from the Soviet government were severe. I was deprived of my civil rights, my salary was taken away from me, I was prohibited from travelling abroad and censored in the press. It was unthinkable for the authorities that a Soviet grandmaster could lose in such a way to an American, without a political explanation. I therefore became the object of slander and was accused, among other things, of secretly reading books of Solzhenitsin. I was banned from society for two years, it was also the time when I separated from my first wife, Lyubov Bruk.”

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TCh-CHN  2015.7.24 Wen, Yang–Zhou, Weiqi:   White can force the win of decisive material advantage for of a winning attck after the very precise: 21.Bd2! Qc7 (If 21…Qb5 22.Nd4 Qe5 23.Bf4 and 24.e5 wins a piece; or if 21…Qb6 22.Qe5! is even stronger than in the mainline given below) 22.Qe5! Kf7 ( If 22…Bf7 the 23.Bd4 ends the game on the move; 22…Qc8 allows 23.Bh6!)23.Nd4 Bd7 24.Nf3! and Black can not resist long.

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