Thursday’s chess tactics quiz

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Today’s instructive examples are all taken from tournaments played yesterday. Most if not all are from grandmaster competition. Solutions later today. Good Luck!

 The Russian Team Championship

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SOLUTIONS

(The examples on the left are odd-numbered, on the right they are even-numbered)

1)  TCh-RUS Men Sochi 2016.5.4 Rodshtein, Maxim–Rublevsky, Sergei: 39…Rf1!  Chasing away the Queen 40.Qd2 Rg1+ 0-1 After 41.Kh3 Bf1+ is curtains

2)  TCh-RUS Men Sochi 2016.5.4  Vitiugov, Nikita–Tomashevsky, Evgeny:  Black can win by immediately deflecting the Rook with 39…g5!: 40.Rf3 ( No better is 40.Rfg4 Rf5+ 41.Bf3 Qf6 42.R4g3 (or 42.Qe2 Rxf3+ 43.Qxf3 Rf1+!) g4! Or if instead 40.Rc4 Qf6+ 41.Kg3 Rf5 etc) 40…g4! 41.Rf4 Qh4+ 42.Rg3 Rh2+! etc  The advance of the Black g-pawn is decisive.

3)  TCh-RUS Women Sochi 2016.5.4 Shuvalova, Polina–Pogonina, Natalija: 33…Ng5! wins immediately.  If  34.Re3 (34.fxe4 Nf3+ 35.Kf1 ( 35.Kh1 Qxf8! ) 35…Qf6 etc) 34…Qd6! 35.fxe4 Qf4!

4)  TCh-RUS Women Sochi 2016.5.4  Ubiennykh, Ekaterina–Kosteniuk, Alexandra: 22…Nd4!  This strong move exploits the lack of coordination inside White’s position. 23.exd4 Rxd6 24.Rd3 exd4 with a solid positional plus which the ex-world champion exploited and won on the 43rd move

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