Monday’s winning 5-second tactics

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“There are no miracles on Mondays.”

― Amy Neftzger, The Orphanage of Miracles

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Kotanjian, Tigran

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Ibrahim, Hatim

8th Beirut International   Beirut  2015.9.24  Position after 31 moves.  An easy one to start the week!

WHITE TO PLAY AND CRUSH!

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Farhat, Jawad

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Harb, Gregory

8th Beirut International   Beirut   2015.9.21  Position after 21 moves of play.  What can one say?  While the Black Queen is fishing on the Queenside, the Monarch is left to fend for himself…

WHITE TO PLAY AND CRUSH!

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gm  Browne, Walter S

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gm  Kuligowski, Adam

World Open Philadelphia 1980  Position before Black’s 20th move. White has played very provocatively against the US champion, grabbing a hot pawn while letting Black’s Knights get close to the White Monarch’s residence…

20…Nef3+! 21.gxf3 Nxf3+ 22.Kg2

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In the game continuation Browne continued imprecisely with the obvious 22…Qg4+(?!) which allowed White to save himself: 23.Kh1 Qh4 ? ( it was still not too late to draw with 23…Nh4! 24.Qg5 Qf3+ 25.Kg1 Rd6 26.Qxh4 Rg6+ 27.Qg3 Rxg3+ 28.hxg3 Rxe3 29.fxe3 Qxg3+ with perpetual check ) 24.Qc7! Re5 25.Bf4! Rc5 26.Qxc5 Qxf4 27.Qh5 Rd2 28.Rad1 g6 29.Qh3 1-0.  The question is, then, from the above position,  can Black do better than a draw…

BLACK TO PLAY AND CRUSH!

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8th Beirut International   Beirut  2015.9.24   Ibrahim, Hatim–Kotanjian, Tigran:  32.Ne6 1-0

8th Beirut International   Beirut   2015.9.21  Harb, Gregory–Farhat, Jawad: 22.f6 Bxf6 23.Rxf6 Kg8 24.Rxh6 gxh6 25.Qxh6 1-0

Philadelphia 1980 Kuligowski,Adam–Browne,Walter S :  The win can be had after 22…Re5!:  23.Qc6 ( 23.Kxf3 Qh3+ 24.Ke2 Rxc5 25.Bxc5 Qd3+ 26.Ke1 Qd2# ) ( 23.Qc7 Qxh2+ 24.Kxf3 Rf5+ 25.Qf4 Qh3+ 26.Ke2 Rxf4 ) 23…Qg4+ 24.Kh1 Rc8!!  The key move. ( 24…Qh3? 25.Bf4 Rh5 26.Qc7 Rc8 27.Rfd1! ) 25.Qb7 ( 25.Rfd1 h6! )  25…Qh3 26.Bf4 Rh5  etc.

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