Today’s winning 5-second tactics

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‘The Future is not a result of choices among alternative paths offered by the present, but a place that is created–created first in the mind and will, created next in activity. The future is not some place we are going to, but one we are creating.’ John Schaar

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Figueira da Foz 2015.11.23  Azul, Artur–Felizes, Paulo.  Position before Black’s 12th move.  Barely out of the opening, and already Black has promising opportunities.

HOW DOES BLACK GET A BIG EDGE?

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Figueira da Foz 2015.11.23 gm  Petkov, Vladimir—gm Stopa, Jacek. Position after 31 moves of play.  What is going on here?  Is there a theme? Two Bishops vs two Knights? Or is it attack against an exposed King?

WHITE TO PLAY AND CRUSH!

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European Teams  Reykjavik  2015.11.22  gm Areshchenko, Alexander—im  (2430) Hamitevici, Vladimir.  Position after 29 moves.  White has a strong attack and is about to finish off his adversary.  The immediate 30.Qd4 allows 30…Re5 with some chances of survival.

WHITE TO PLAY AND CRUSH!

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European Teams  Reykjavik  2015.11.21   gm  Ivanisevic, Ivan–gm Vallejo Pons, Francisco.  Position after 14 moves. Looks like an almost normal position from the Queen’s Gambit, but neither side has yet castled…this gives White a clever idea 

HOW DOES WHITE GET A WINNING GAME?

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Figueira da Foz 2015.11.23  Azul, Artur–Felizes, Paulo: 12…fxe4 13.dxe4 Rxf3 Ofcourse! 14.gxf3 Bxh3 15.Rd1 Qe8 and Black has a winning attack. 16.Kh2 Qh5 17.Nd2 Rf8 18.Rh1 Rf6 n19.Nf1 Bxf1+ 20.Qd1 0-1

Figueira da Foz 2015.11.23 gm  Petkov, Vladimir—gm Stopa, Jacek: 32.Bd6!  This gives a crushing attack 32…Qxd6 33.Qxg7+ Ke8 34.Re1+ Ne7 35.Rge3 Nbc8 36.Be6 1-0 Ouch!

European Teams  Reykjavik  2015.11.22  gm Areshchenko, Alexander—im  (2430) Hamitevici, Vladimir: 30.g6! 1-0  If 30…PxP 31.h7+! finishes Black off.

European Teams  Reykjavik  2015.11.21   gm  Ivanisevic, Ivan—gm  Vallejo Pons, Francisco: 15.e4! Bb7 ( 15…Bxe4? 16.Bxf6 ) 16.e5! g5 ( 16…Bxf3? 17.Bxf3 ) 17.exf6 gxh4 18.Ne5! Qc7 19.O-O-O O-O-O ( There is nothing better: 19…Rd8 20.Rxd7 Rxd7 21.Rd1 Bc8 ( 21…Bd5 22.Nxd7 Qxd7 23.Qf4 Rg8 24.Bxa6 ) 22.Bxa6 ) 20.Nxf7 Nb6 21.Qa5 Qxf7 22.Qxb6 And White won easily : 22…Qxf6 23.Bxa6 Bxa6 24.Qxa6+ Kc7 25.Rhe1 Qxf2 26.Qa7+ Kc8 27.Kb1 Rhf8 28.Ka2 Qf5 29.Rf1 Rxd1 30.Rxd1 Rf7 31.Qa8+ Kc7 32.Rd8 Rd7 33.Qc8+ 1-0

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