Today’s winning 5-sec tactics

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“Somewhere in the world there is a defeat for everyone. Some are destroyed by defeat, and some made small and mean by victory. Greatness lives in one who triumphs equally over defeat and victory.”

― John Steinbeck, The Acts of King Arthur and His Noble Knights

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Lorca International  (Murcia)  2015.12.27 I.M (2472) Aloma Vidal, Robert—F.M (2348) Ladron De Guevara Pinto, Paolo.  Position after 35 moves.  White has a strong bind on the Kingside, in return for a pawn,  but how to make progress? Black is threatening to simplify with …Rf8. If now 36.hxg6(?) hxg6 37.Rh7  Nxe5! 38.dxe5 Kxh7 39.Qf7+Kh8 and White must take the perpetual.  Interesting is 36.h6!? Rf8 37.Rg7+ Kh8 38.Qd2 with good chances, but no forced win.  There MUST be better…

WHITE TO PLAY AND CRUSH!

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Lorca International  (Murcia)  2015.12.28:  G.M Djuric, Stefan—(2122) Amate Tortosa, Bernardo.  Position after 19 moves.  Black is in trouble, having allowed his opponent’s Queen and Knight take up optimal attacking positions within the Black monarch’s residence…

WHITE TO PLAY AND CRUSH!

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Lorca International  (Murcia)  2015.12.27 I.M (2400) Rahal, Michael – (2050) Miquel Juan, Marcelo.  Position after White’s 26th move.  He stands a bit better, having the Bishop pair as well as the slightly better pawn structure. However, it is still a tough fight and Black is not without chances…

26…g6(?)

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Needlessly weakening his position, and more important: overlooking the loss of a very important pawn.

WHAT IS WHITE’S BEST MOVE?

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SOLUTIONS

1. Lorca International  (Murcia)  2015.12.27 I.M (2472) Aloma Vidal, Robert—I.M (2348) Ladron De Guevara Pinto, Paolo: 36.Rxh7!  If now 36…Kxh7 37.Qf7+ Kh8 38.hxg6 etc. 36…Rf8! 37.Qc2! Kxh7 Now there is nothing better 38.Qxg6+ Kh8 39.Qh6+ 1-0 because after 30…Kg8 40.Bxe6+ is the end of the world.

2. Lorca International  (Murcia)  2015.12.28:  G.M Djuric, Stefan—(2122) Amate Tortosa, Bernardo: 20.Rxe7! Nxe7 21.Qg4+ Kf7 22.Nxd6+ 1-0

3. Lorca International  (Murcia)  2015.12.27 I.M (2400) Rahal, Michael – (2050) Miquel Juan, Marcelo: 27.Bxg6! Ouch! 27…Bxg6 28.Bxc5  Now if 28…PxB 29.RxR+ and 30.Qxf6+ and White wins a lot of material. 29…Qe7 29.Bb4! Kg7 30.Rd5 Qb7 31.Rcd1 and White had little difficulty winning.

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