Today’s winning 5-second tactics

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“People think I’m crazy to put myself through such torture, though I would argue otherwise. Somewhere along the line we seem to have confused comfort with happiness. Dostoyevsky had it right: ‘Suffering is the sole origin of consciousness.’ Never are my senses more engaged than when the pain sets in. There is a magic in misery. Just ask any runner.”

― Dean Karnazes, Ultramarathon Man: Confessions of an All-Night Runner

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FROM THE CHINESE TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP

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gm  Wang, Rui

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Xu, Xiangyu  (2257)

WHITE TO PLAY AND CRUSH!

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gm  Xiu, Deshun

2

Xu, Yinglun  (2463)

BLACK TO PLAY AND WIN!

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gm  Yu, Ruiyu

3

gm  Wen, Yang

WHITE TO PLAY AND CRUSH!

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im  Wang, Chen  (2524)

4

gm  Malakhov, Vladimir

WHITE TO PLAY AND CRUSH!

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EXCITING FINISH!

gm  Zhou, Jianchao

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gm  Wei,Yi

TCh-CHN  2015.8.22  Position after White’s 37th move (37.b7). A wild position!  Making things worse, both players were probably short of time. Earlier Black knew that he was better, but even so, it is extremely difficult to play correctly when we have these mad pawn races…It makes no sense for Black to play 37…Rb8 and White will simply advance his a-pawn. But what to do?

Correct is to take the draw that is inevitable after 37…f2+! 38.Ke2 Rd2+!  ( Not 38…Rd1? 39.Rf4+!! Kxf4 40.b8=Q+ Kf5 41.Qb5 and White wins; more on this later ) 39.Kxe3  See diagram below

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White is hoping for 39…f1=Q 40.KxR! when only he has winning chances because his King can hide from Black’s checks.

39…f1=N+!! 

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White can not avoid perpetual check after 40.Kf3 Nxh2+!

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In the game, HOWEVER, Black wanted more…

37…Rd2 (?)

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Now if 38. b8=Q f2+ 39.Kf1 Rd1+ and Black wins!

38.Rf4+!!

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The move that Black must have overlooked!  Now White is winning!

38…KxR 39.b8=Q+ Kf5

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If Black could keep his advanced centre-pawns then he would have chances to hold, but unfortunately for him he is going to lose one of them.  The game continued 

40.Qc8+ Ke5 41.Qc7+ Ke4 42.Qe7+ Kd4 43.Qb4+ Kd5?! [ Some what better, but also insufficient, is 43…Ke5 44.Qe7+ Kd4 45.Qa7+ Ke4 46.Qb7+ Kf4 47.Qxf7+ Ke4 48.Qg6+ Kf4 49.Qg3+ Ke4 50.Qg4+ and the e-pawn goes ]

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44.Qb7+ [1:0]

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MORE TACTICAL MAGIC!

gm Wei,Yi

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gm  Zhao, Jun

TCh-CHN  2015.8.21  Position after White’s 32nd move (32.Bc4) Another wild, chaotic and out-of-control position from wonderboy Wei Yi!  Despite his heroic efforts, Black here is simply lost: White’s King is safe enough and nothing can stop White’s advance of pawns on the Queenside. Wei, never the less, tries to conjure up some threats…

32…Nh5!?

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Black tries to regroup and put his Bishop on f4.  Now good enough for White is the defensive 33.g3!?, but there is no immediate need for this and so White advances his b-pawn…

33.b6  Bf4

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Now White should take defensive measures with the immediate 34.g3! and he should win easily enough; though Black has some scary checks, they lead to nothing: for example 34…Rxh2+! 35.Kxh2 Qh4+ 36.Kg2 Bxg3 37.Qc3+ Be5 38.Qxe3 Bd4 39.Qe8+ Kg7 40.Qe1! etc.  Black has some other tries, but there is nothing in them.

HOWEVER, White thought he saw something better… 

34.b7 (?)

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White had based this decision on some long variation…

34…Ng3+!

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White had foreseen this resource. Black has really no choice, anyway, as 34…Qd8 35.a4 Qb8 36.Qh4! is all over. 

35.QxN! BxQ 36.b8=Q+ Kg7

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37.h3 

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White is an entire Rook up and he must have thought that the rest should be easy…REALITY is that White is LOST!!  Amazing…

37…Qh4!!

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Threatening mate starting with 38…Qxh3+. The next moves by White are all virtually forced

38.Rgd1 Bf4! 39.Rxd2 Qg3!!

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Mate is inevitable!

40.Kg1 Qh2+ 41.Kf1 Qh1+

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Fortune favours the brave…

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Sixteen year old Wei Yi is the HOTTEST property in the chess universe at this moment, very much seems to be a reincarnation of Bobby Fischer. Wei wins virtually everything he plays in and the FIDE elo system can barely keep up with his leaps and bounds.  It is conceivable, in this writer’s opinion, that Wei Yi is ALREADY the strongest player in the world(!) but because he is so young and has only recently EXPLODED onto the world chess schene, there has not been enough time for him to prove it! (Or for the rest of the world to realize it)

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TCh-CHN  2015.8.22 Xu, Xiangyu–Wang, Rui: 24.Rf8+!! 1-0  White wins the Queen for starters…

TCh-CHN  2015.8.22  Xu, Yinglun–Xiu, Deshun: 29…g4+! 0-1  The Knight can not move as it is needed to defend the Rook on d1.  That leaves only the King moving, and there follows a nasty check on e3.

TCh-CHN  2015.8.21  Wen, Yang–Yu, Ruiyua:  21.Ba6! Qa5  (The main line goes 21…bxa6 22.Bxe5 Qxe5 23.Qxc6+ Qc7 24.Qxa6+ Kd7 25.Rb7 etc ) 22.Bxb7+Kd7 23.Bxc6+ Nxc6 24.Rfd1+ Ke7 25.Qxc6 1-0  About time to bring down the curtains…

TCh-CHN  2015.8.22  Malakhov, Vladimir–Wang, Chen: 48.Qxd5!  Qxd5 49.Rxc8+! 1-0

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