Today’s winning 5-sec tactics

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Developing the Initiative

 

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La Roda  2016.3.23  gm Lopez Martinez, Josep Manuel– (2000)Marina De La Torre, Ivan.  A sharp position, featuring a race between White’s pawn advance on the Kingside and Black’s pawn attack on the opposite side of the board.  In positions like this timing is everything: who ever gets there first wins!  (The last moves were 16.f5 b4)

17.f6!

1b

It is too late for 17…g6: 18.Qh4! Kh8 19.Re3! Rg8 20.QxP+!

17…PxN

1c

18.Bxh7+!

1d

Black resigns!  Taking the Bishop or not, White’s next move is 19.Qh4(+) and mate can not be stopped for very long.  That is the thing about races: once you get into one, it is too late to back out!

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The Hammer of Thor

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San Sebastian Open  2016.3.20  (1983) Jordana Vargas, Julio–fm (2348)Aabling-Thomsen, Jakob. Position after White’s 20.Nf3. Black has an ideal attacking position, White having incorrectly exchanged his King Bishop earlier…now it is time to pay the consequences!

BLACK TO PLAY AND CRUSH!

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SOLUTION

San Sebastian Open  2016.3.20 Jordana Vargas, Julio–fmAabling-Thomsen,Jakob: 20…RxN! 21.PxR NxP+! 22.Kh2!? Ne2! 0-1  (23.Rg1 Qh4! etc)

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