Today’s winning 5-second tactics

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gm  Hebden,M

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cm  Briscoe,Chris  (2200)

Ch Great Britain  Torquay 2009.7.27  Position after White’s 17th move (17.Ne4).  A sharp variation of the Spanish opening where White has assumed too much risk entering into his opponent’s favourite setup.  What can one say?  The White King position is open to attack…

BLACK TO PLAY AND CRUSH!

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fm  Maenhout,T  (2392)

2A

De Groote,E  (2330)

Dutch League Netherlands  2015.9.26  Position before Black’s 30th move.  It is clear that Black has a huge positional advantage, especially with his strong passed pawn. One would expect the result to be a foregone conclusion, where simply playing reasonable moves should be sufficient.  For instance. 30…Kg7!? 31.Rxa7 Rxa7 32.Qxa7 d2 33.Rd1 Qc2 34.Qa1+ Kh6 35.Kh2 Re6 and White, tied down to the d-pawn, is helpless to prevent Black infiltrate with the Rook.

HOWEVER, perhaps overconfident, Black played carelessly:

30…Qf6 (?)

2b

O how unfair chess can be!

WHITE TO PLAY AND CRUSH!

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