Friday’s chess tactics quiz


“Just as one’s imagination is stirred by a girl’s smile, so is one’s imagination stirred by the possibilities of chess.”  Mikhail Tal

Part I:  European Individual Championship



(Positions on the left are odd-numbered; on the right even-numbered.)

1) 17th ch-EUR Gjakova 2016.5.19  Moroni, Luca Jr–Parligras, M: 29…Rf2!!  Precisely calculated  30.Rxf2 ( After 30.Kxf2 mate is inevitable: 30…Qxh2+ 31.Kf1 ( 31.Kf3 Rf7+ 32.Kg4 Qh5# ) 31…Qh1+ 32.Kf2 Rf7+ etc ) 30…Rxe1+ 31.Rf1 Ne3!  0-1  After 32.Kf2 Rxf1+ 33.Kxe3 Qg2 34.Qe2 Nf5+ 35.Kd3 Rf3+ 36.Kd2 Rf2 etc. The win is child’s play

2) 17th ch-EUR Gjakova 2016.5.19  Hovhannisyan, R–Stocek, J: 23.Rxe6!!  Bd7 (Relatively best. After 23…fxe6 24.Rxe6 Rxe6 25.Qxe6+ Qxe6 26.Bxe6+ Kf8 27.Bxc8 Bc6 28.f4 the ending is easy to win ) 24.Rxe8+ Rxe8 25.Rxe8+ Bxe8 26.Qc8! Qe7 27.h4!  Summing things up: Black is tied down and a pawn down. White won effortlessly after : 27… Qe1+ 28.Kh2 Qe5+ 29.g3 Qe1 30.Bb5 Kf8 31.Kg2 Qe4+ 32.f3 Qe6 33.Qxe6 fxe6 34.Bxe8 Kxe8 35.Kf2 Kd7 36.Ke3 Kc6 37.Kd4 a4 38.Kc4 h5 39.g4 1-0

3) 17th ch-EUR Gjakova 2016.5.19  Gagunashvili, M–Dubov, D: 18…Bxh3!  Beginning a cute series of liquidations that leaves Black with the better chances 19.gxh3 Bxc3! 20.bxc3 Qg5+ 21.Kh1 Rxc4! 22.Nxc4 Qxd5+ 23.f3 Qxc4  Summing things up: Material is equal, but the White pawn structure is shattered and his King exposed to constant threat from Black’s Queen and two Knights.  Not surprisingly the game ended quickly when White failed to defend precisely:  24.Rxa6 Nd4 25.Qa1 Nc2 26.Ra4 Qb5 27.Ra5 Qc4 28.Ra4 Qe6 29.Qc1 Nxe3 30.Re4 Ng3+ 31.Kg1 Ne2+ 32.Kf2 Nxc1 33.Rxe6 Nxf1 0-1

4) 17th ch-EUR Gjakova 2016.5.19  Nisipeanu, Liviu-Dieter–Kozul, Zdenko: 24.Bf5!  In this kind of position, the initiative is everything. Black will have no time to pursue his Queenside counterattack. 24…exf5 ( No better is 24…Nf8 25.Rxg7+! Qxg7 26.Rxg7+ Kxg7 27.Qg5+ Kh8 28.Qh6+ Kg8 29.Bg4 and the Queen, Knight and Bishop will quickly reorganize for the final attack while Black has no useful move, for eample: 29…Ng6? 30.Nxe6! ) 25.exf5 Ne7?! (Ofcourse 25…Nf8 loses immediately after 26.Rxg7+ Qxg7 27.Rxg7+ Kxg7 28.Qg5+ Kh7 29.f6 etc, but a tougher defence was 25…Ne5!?, though after 26.f4 Nf3 27.Nxf3 Bxf3 28.Rxg7+ Qxg7 29.Rxg7+ Kxg7 30.Qc3+ f6 31.Qxf3 the Queen is much stronger than the two Rooks ) 26.Rxg7+! Kf8 ( Worse is 26…Qxg7 27.Rxg7+ Kxg7 28.Qg5+ Kf8 29.Qh6+ Kg8 30.f6 ) 27.Qh2 ( 27.Ne6+! is immediately decisive: 27… fxe6 28.fxe6 Qxe6 29.Qh2! etc ) 27…Nd5?! 28.Rxf7+ Qxf7 29.Qxd6+ Re7 30.Qxb8+ Qe8 31.Qd6 1-0

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