Monday’s winning 5-sec tactics

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Lone Pine  1973  Grandmaster Browne Walter S–Grandmaster Evans Larry M.  Position after 14 moves.  A rare example of a top notch grandmaster not getting out of the opening alive…

WHITE TO PLAY AND CRUSH!

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Louis D.Statham and his wife Doris created one of the world’s best open tournaments in Lone Pine in the 1970’s, that attracted many of the elite grandmasters.  The multi-millionaire made his money from medical patents, and was an avid player.  The tournament was discontinued after 1981 when Statham fell ill and died (1983).

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Lucerne Ol 1982  Grandmaster Polugaevsky Lev–Grandmaster Ftacnik Lubomir.  Position before Black’s 25th move.  The White King position is seriously compromised and this gives Ftacnik the opportunity to produce a modern day brilliancy…

BLACK TO PLAY AND CRUSH!

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London Classic Open  2015.12.5 GM Hansen, Eric—FM (2414) Koop, Thorben.  Position before Black’s 21st move.

21…Qd3??

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22.NxQ!

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SOLUTIONS

Lone Pine  1973  Browne Walter S–Evans Larry M: 15.Bxf7+! Kh8 (Taking the Bishop would lose quickly after 16.Qc4+ Kf8 17.Ng5 or 16…Ke8 17.Qe6+ and 18.Ng5) 16.Ng5 Nf8 17.Bb3 Rd7 18.f4!  Browne plays with great energy and won quickly: 18…h6 19.fxe5 Qxe5 20.Qc4 Nd5 21.Nf3 Qe8 22.Bd4 b5 23.axb5 cxb5 24.Nxb5 1-0

Lucerne Ol 1982  Polugaevsky Lev–Ftacnik Lubomir: 25…Nh5! 26.Qxh5 Qg3! 27.Nd5!? There is nothing better 27…Rxd5! 28.Rf1 Qxg2+!! 29.Kxg2 Rd2+ 0-1 Mate follows

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