Sunday’s chess tactics quiz


“You have power over your mind – not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.”

― Marcus Aurelius, Meditations

Part I: Russian Team Championship


Part II: Miscelaneous



1)  TCh-RUS Men Sochi 2016.5.7  Vitiugov, Nikita–Oparin, Grigoriy: 26.Bg5!!  This strong resource was seen in advance, and forces a winning liquidation. 26…Qxg5 27.Rxd6! Rf8 28.Qd2 Qc5+ 29.Kh1 Ne5 30.Rd5 Qc7 31.Qd4 With the Exchange and a strong passed pawn, White has little difficulty in winning, despite time trouble.31…Qc4 32.Qxc4 Nxc4 33.Re1 (33.e7 Re8 34.Rf1 is even stronger) 1-0  It is completely lost in anycase.

2)  TCh-RUS Men Sochi 2016.5.7  Malakhov, Vladimir–Korobov, Anton: 37…Rxg2+ 38.Kh1 Now the tempting 38…Qxe5 does not work: after 39.b8=Q Rh2+ 40.Kxh2 Ng4+ 41.Kh3 Nf2+ 42.Kg2 Qe4+ 43.Kxf2 the White King can escape perpetual by going over to the Queenside, as the reader can verify for himself. 38…Bd6!!  A stunning move that holds the game.  39.exd6 ( 39.Qxb8 Bxb8 is hopeless for White) 39…Qxd6 40.b8=Q Rh2+! 41.Kg1! 1/2-1/2 Black has a perpetual with  Rg2-h2.  Brilliant!

3)  TCh-RUS Men Sochi 2016.5.7  Najer, Evgeniy-Jakovenko, Dmitry: 21.Nh6+! Kh8 22.Qf7! Threatening mate in two starting with Qg8+! 22…Qe6 23.Bb3 (23.Rf1 is strongest and would have won faster) 23…Qxf7 24.Nxf7+ Kg8 25.Nd6+ Kh8 26.Nf7+ Kg8 27.Nd6+ Kh8 28.Nxe8 Rxe8 And White has an extra pawn plus the Bishop pair.  Black resigned on move 48.

4)  TCh-RUS Men Sochi 2016.5.7  Nepomniachtchi, Ian–Grischuk, Alexander: 35.Qxd4! (Forced, but also winning!) 35…Rxd4 36.R6xd4  Black’s bad luck is that White has a winning attack along the h-file! 36…Rf8 37.Rh4+ Kg8 38.Rdh1 1-0

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