Sunday’s tactical chess quiz


“The board game of chess is a representation of the four divisions of the military; pawn, knight, bishop, and rook. It is prudent to have a strategy in mind before play but you cannot fully predict the playing out of the game, which is the realm of ninja tactics. Different pieces on the chess board have different tactical abilities; the knights are able to leap other pieces, move in a particular way and can change the point of focus of the game in a non-linear way which is similar to a detournement. Through the history of the game, the pieces have evolved to reflect the culture of context…”–DesignMethodsAndProcesses




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

1) Tarragona (Spain) 2016.4.23 Cases Arasa, Jordi–Guasch Figuerola, Agusti: White should play 19.Kh1! and if Black wants more than the perpetual, he must risk as White is two pieces up!  For example, 19…Rae8 20.Bg4! Re6 ( 20…Qxg4 21.Rg1 Qf5 unclear ) 21.Qg2! with chances for both sides.  INSTEAD, in the game White’s King went the otherway, and he got crushed: 19. Kf1?  f5! 20.c5 f4! 21.exf4 Rxf4+ 22.Bxf4 Rf8! 23.Qc1 e3 0-1

2) Tarragona (Spain) 2016.4.23 Asensio Gil, Jesus–Bru Rullo, Llatzer: 19…hxg3! 20.cxd4 Rxh3!!  Ouch. The White defences collapse immediately. 21.Rh1 (21.KxR Rh8+ is soon mate) 21… Rxh1 0-1 Mate is not far off

3) Tarragona (Spain) 2016.5.7  Llort Puig, Joan–Panella Navarro, Sergi: 15…Nxf3+ 16.Qxf3 Qd4!!  A very strong move.  17.c3 Qxf4 18.cxb4 Qe5+ and Black has a winning attack 19.Kf2 Ne4+ 20.Ke2 Bg5 21.Qh3 Ng3+ 22.Kd3 Qe2+ 23.Kd4 Rd8+ 24.Kc5 Qe5+ 25.Kc4 Rd4+ 26.Kc3 Rd2+ 27.Kc4 Qd5+ 28.Kc3 Bf6# 0-1  Brutal!

4) Barcelona (Spain) 2016.5.14  Povill Claros, Xavier–Perez Garcia, Adria:  Black should have played it safe!  Instead, he got greedy…15…Bxg5? 16.Qxf7+ Kd8 17.Rxb7!! The move Black overlooked.  Now the roof collaposes. 17… Ne7 18.Rxe7! Qd5 19.Rc7 1-0

5) Barcelona (Spain) 2016.4.30  Reverdy, Micah Fabrice–Garcia Ramos, Daniel: 17…Nxf2! 18.Kxf2 (Otherwise Black will have two pieces plus a Rook for the Queen) 18…Rxd4!!  The point!  Now Black’s pieces will rapidly swarm into White’s position before his pieces can mobilize.  19.Qf3 ( 19.Qxd4 Bc5 and Black will have two extra pawns in the ending or if iinstead 19.Qa6 Bc5 20.Be3 Ng4+ 21.Kf3 Nxe3 22.Kxe3 Ra4+ etc ) 19…Rad8 20.Be3 ( 20.Qb7 Bc5! ) Rd3 ( even more precise is first 20…R4d5! 21.Kg1 Rd3! 22.Re1 Bc5 23.h3 Nd5 etc ) 21.Qe2 Bc5 ( or 21…h5! 22.h3 Ne4+ 23.Kg1 Rxe3 ) 22.Bxc5 Rd2 23.Bb4 Ng4+ 0-1  Instructive!

6) SocialChess (internet)  2016.4.28  Sid Belzberg–Mindtrick459: 64.b5!! cxb5 65.c6! Bxc6 66.g6!!  The point of White’s play. Now nothing can stop h6 when White will promote a pawn! For example, if 66…Be4 67.h6! The game ended: 66…b4 67.h6 1-0


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