Today’s winning 5-second tactics

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“I’m shadowboxing in a match the shadow is always going to win.”

― John F. Kennedy

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fm  Makhnyov, Denis  (2358)

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im  Ali Marandi, Cemil  (2422)

World Junior  Khanty-Mansiysk  2015.9.6  Position after 25 moves. Black had just played 24…Qf2, trying (too late) to take the sting out of White’s attack along the g-file…

WHITE TO PLAY AND MATE IN 6 MOVES!

timing

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wcm  Zhang,Jasmine Haomo  (1618)

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Riding,Christopher

42nd North Shore Open Auckland NZL 2015.9.20  Position after Black’s 32nd move (32…Qf6).  A curious position.  Had Black played 32…Bc7 then the game would have been about equal.  Now, however, Black is lost!

WHITE TO PLAY AND CRUSH!

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Lyall,Simon  (1772)

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Krstev,A  (2068)

42nd North Shore Open Auckland NZL 2015.9.19  Position after White’s 23rd move (23.Bf2; trying to prevent the sacrifice on g3; 23.Rf2! was correct , with a fine game) Isn’t it remarkable how one little imprecision can bring the house down on you!

BLACK TO PLAY AND CRUSH!

timing

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World Junior  Khanty-Mansiysk  2015.9.6 Ali Marandi,Cemil–Makhnyov,Denis:26.Nh7+ Nxh7 27.Qxg7+ Ke8 28.Qg8+ Nf8 29.Qxf8+! 1-0 Mate follows

42nd North Shore Open Auckland NZL 2015.9.20 Riding,Christopher–Zhang,Jasmine Haomo: 33.Rdf1!  (An unusually strong move! Threatens to snare the Queen for a Rook and Bishop with a capture on g6. Unfortunately for Black, there is no good defence.)33… Kh8 (33…Rbe8 34.Bxg6!) 34.Bxg6! Qxg6 35.Qh4+ Kg7 36.Rxg6+ fxg6 37.Qe7+ Kg8 38.Rg1 1-0

42nd North Shore Open Auckland NZL 2015.9.19 Krstev,A–Lyall,Simon: 23…Ng4!  (Ouch!  If the immediate 24.PxN Be4!) 24.Bxf7+ Kh8 25.fxg4 Be4 0-1

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