Sunday’s winning 5-second tactics

Broken time

´We have to be willing to break in order to become.’

― Jeanette LeBlanc

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gm Zapata,A

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gm So,W

Millionaire Chess Op  Las Vegas  2015.10.8   Position after 25 moves. White has a powerful bind on the kingside, and can probably build up his game decisively with Qd3,Re3 and Rh3. But So wanted something faster..

WHITE TO PLAY AND CRUSH!

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gm Stopa,J

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gm  Shankland, S

Millionaire Chess Op  Las Vegas, yesterday!  Position after 36 moves.  This one is easy, but heck, it is Sunday! The Black King is exposed to an attack of Queen and Rook. Do you see the win?

WHITE TO PLAY AND CRUSH!

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Millionaire Chess Op  Las Vegas  2015.10.8 So, Wesley–Zapata, Alonso: 26.Nxh7! Rxf1+ ( equivalent is 26…Kxh7 27.Rxf8 Qxf8 28.Rf1 Qg7 29.Rf6 followed by a big bang on g6; the White Queen and pawns should be enough to mate) 27.Rxf1 1-0  A bit premature, but how to stop the line given above?

Millionaire Chess Op  Las Vegas  2015.10.10 Shankland, Sam–Stopa, Jacek: 37.Qh8+ Ke7 38.Rxf7+ 1-0

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