Saturday’s chess tactics quiz


“In combat – do something, you might die. Do nothing, and you will die!”

― Jury Nel


Part I: European Individual Championship


(Click on positions below to find out who is to play)


The following is a really instructive example of the potential of a fully centralized and dominating piece configuration in the hands of a skilled attacker.


GM Moiseenko,A


GM Kulaots, K

From yesterday’s round in Kosovo. Position after 25 moves. White’s Queen, Rook, Knight and Bishop make a fine impression! Not just occupying the central squares, but denying Black the same. The fact that Black is up an unimportant pawn is little consolation for what is about to happen to him…



Winning! After 30…KxR 31.Bh6+ Rg7 32.Qf6+ and Black resigned the next move.


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

1) 17th ch-EUR Gjakova 2016.5.13  gm Antal, Gergely–gm Ipatov, Alexander: 31…Bxf2+!  There are a number of ways to break thru, but this method is the most direct.  32.Qxf2 f4!  An avalanche is falliing on White! 33.Rb8 Rxg3+ 34.Kf1 Rxb8 35.Nxb8 Rf3 0-1 Enough!

2) 17th ch-EUR Gjakova 2016.5.13  gm Jobava, Baadur–gm Bogner, Sebastian:  26.Ba5!  1-0  That was quick!  But after 26…Qc8 27.Bh3 the roof collapses.

3) 17th ch-EUR Gjakova 2016.5.13  gm Inarkiev, Ernesto–gm Svetushkin, Dmitry: 24.Rxd8! The first key move: the Bishop’s removal emphasizes the dark square weaknesses on the Kingside, especially f6. 24… Rxd8 25.Nf6+ Kg7 26.Qg5! The second key move: now White’s Knights threaten to enter via f5 or h5.  There is nothing to do to stop White from crashing thru. 26… Qc5+ 27.Kh1 Nd3 28.Nfh5+ Kg8 29.Qf6 Nf2+ 30.Rxf2 Rd1+ 31.Nf1 gxh5 32.Bxf7+ Rxf7 33.Qxf7+ Kh8 34.Qe8+ Kg7 35.Rf7+ Kh6 36.Qe6+ 1-0  Black played on too long, but who likes to get crushed quickly?

4) 17th ch-EUR Gjakova 2016.5.13  gm Wojtaszek, Radoslaw–gm Saric, Ante: 33.Nxh5+!  This wins by force! 33.. gxh5 34.Qg3+ Kh6 35.Rd6! R2c6 36.Qf4+ 1-0  Black is not interested in seeing more.

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