Today’s chess tactics quiz

“Life is as simple as these three questions: What do I want? Why do I want it? And, how will I achieve it?”

― Shannon L. Alder



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

1) Montreal  1982  Gm Spraggett K—Im Blocker C: 34.Rd5! Qb6 forced 35.Bxe6 fxe6 36.Rxd6!  The point of White’s play. Black’s centre disintegrates and the game is soon over: 36…Rcxd6 37.Rxd6 Rxd6 38.Qxe5+ Bf6 39.Qxd6 Qa5 40.Qc7+ Qxc7 41.Nxc7 1-0

2) TCh-RUS Women Sochi 2016.5.8  Gm Pogonina, Natalija-Gm Lagno, Kateryna: 45…Rxc6! An elementar tactic that is easy to overlook when short of time. 46.dxc6 Bh2+ 47.Kxh2 Qxf5 Oops! This is what White overlooked 48.Rxb6 Qxf2 0-1

3) TCh-RUS Women Sochi 2016.5.9  Borisova, Ekaterina-Belenkaya, Dina: 21…Rxd4! This little combination works because of the White King not being tucked safely away in the corner 22.Rxd4 Bxc5 23.Rfd3 Rxd4 24.Rxd4 Qxf4 0-1

4) TCh-RUS Women Sochi 2016.5.9   Gm Lagno, Kateryna–Maltsevskaya, A: 37.Nf5! A nice move that forces a winning ending 37…Bxh6 38.Nxd6 Kg7 39.Rxf7+ Rxf7 40.Nxf7 Be3 41.Nxe5 and Black resigned on the 54th move

5) TCh-RUS Men Sochi 2016.5.9   Gm  Lysyj, Igor-Gm Artemiev, Vladislav: 40…Qd2! Completely ignoring White’s threat and not allowing White the time to consolidate 41.Nxe6+ Kf6 42.Nf4 Qxf2+ 43.Bg2 Nd2 0-1 Mate or worse will follow…

6) TCh-RUS Men Sochi 2016.5.9   Gm Bu, Xiangzhi-Gm Rublevsky, Sergei: 35.a6!  If now 35..c2 36.Bxc2 Rxc2 37.a7 and 38.Rb8 wins 35…Bc4 (Objectively was was 35…f5 but Black is completely lost with no counterplay after 36.Bc2 Ra8 37.Ra5) 36.a4!!  Nice move, if Black takes the Rook then White gets winning connected passed pawns. 36… Rc7 37.Rb7 Rc8 38.a7 Bd5 39.Rb8 1-0

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