Today’s winning 5-second tactics

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“I do not fix problems. I fix my thinking. Then problems fix themselves.”-Louise Hay

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gm  Yermolinsky, A

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gm Robson,R

SPICE Cup Open Saint Louis 2015.10.21 Yesterday!  Position after 21 moves.  The experienced Yermolinsky allowed himself to be ‘bluffed’ earlier by the young Robson’s excessively risky attacking play, and now finds himself uncastled and lacking coordination.

WHITE TO PLAY AND CRUSH! 

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Velez, Ryan   (2100)

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wgm  Sukandar, Irine Kharisma

SPICE Cup Open Saint Louis 2015.10.17   Position after 20 moves. At first sight everything seems quite normal in Black’s game…

WHITE TO PLAY AND CRUSH!

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im  Priyadharshan, K  (2460)

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Voelker, James  (2160)

SPICE Cup Open Saint Louis 2015.10.17  Position before Black’s 16th move.  A sharp game where White has played very riskily: White has still not castled. He is hoping for either  the ‘obvious’ 16…Rxf4 or 16…Nxb4 when 17.0-0 would give White a big edge. 

BLACK TO PLAY AND CRUSH!

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SPICE Cup Open Saint Louis 2015.10.21 Robson, Ray–Yermolinsky, Alex: 22.Ne6+! Ouch!! 1-0  Yermolinsky did not want to witness the crushing 23…fxe6 23.dxe6 Nf6 (what else?, if  23…Ne5 24.Rxe5 ) 24.e7+ etc.

SPICE Cup Open Saint Louis 2015.10.17  Sukandar, Irine Kharisma–Velez, Ryan A: 21.Ra7!!  1-0  Black overlooked this crushing blow. If now 21… Qxa7 22.Bxa7 Nxa7 23.Qd8+Bf8 24.Qxf6  etc, while 21…NxR 22.Qd8+ soon mates.

SPICE Cup Open Saint Louis 2015.10.17  Voelker, James–Priyadharshan,K.: 16…Rxe2+! 17.Kxe2 Qc4+!! The whole point. The White King has no good move  18.Kf3 ( or if 18.Ke1 Nxb4 19.Rc1 Qxf4 etc ) 18…Qe4+ 19.Kg3 g5 20.f3 gxf4+ 21.Kh4? (only speeds up the inevitable) 21… Qe7+ 0-1 mate follows

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