Today’s chess tactics quiz

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I will add examples for you to solve as the day progresses. Complete solutions later today.  Good luck!

Part I: Utrecht International


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Part II: Nezhmetdinov International

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(For Part I, the left-most position is number 1; for Part II, the left-side are odd numbered, the right-side even numbered)

1.) OKU Utrecht 2016.6.3 Beerdsen, Thomas–Brouwer, Timon: 33.Bxe7! Qxe7 34.Qc3!  Black must have simply overlooked this strong move that decides the game immediately because of the Nf6+ motive.  The game ended quickly: 34… Rb8 35.Nf6+ Kf8 36.Nd5! 1-0  There is a mate on h8

2.) OKU Utrecht 2016.6.3  Hylkema, Remco–Van Foreest, Lucas: 24…Nxf3+! Surprising, and crushing!  25.Kg2 ( After 25.Nxf3 Qxe3+ 26.Kg2 f4! ( 26…Qe2+ is also good enough, but not as strong ) 27.Re1 Rxh2+! etc ) 25…Rxh2+!! 26.Kxf3 Qg5  It is forced mate in 4 0-1

3.) OKU Utrecht 2016.6.3  Verfuerth, Thomas–Ootes, Lars: 22…Rh2+!  0-1  After 23.KxR Qh8+ etc

1.) Nezhmetdinov Mem Kazan 2016.6.2  Smirnov, Pavel–Sharafiev, Azat: 23…Nxg3!  A surprising resource that must have come as a very unpleasant surprise for White, who immediately realized that he threw away his advantage. 24.fxg3?! Not best, but very human.  You don’t want to let the Knight stay on g3 24…Qb6+ 25.Kh2 Rf6! Decisive. 26.Qd2 Rh6+ 27.Qxh6 gxh6 28.Rxd6 Bf5 29.Nd5 Qb5 30.Nc3 Qb6 31.Rxh6 Qe3 0-1

2.) Nezhmetdinov Mem Kazan 2016.6.2  Lintchevski, Daniil–Tsydypov, Zhamsaran: 26.Qf6! Defending f2 and threatening the Bishop on c8  Rb8 27.Bd5! Threatening to take on f5 Qe8 28.R1c3 1-0  There is no defence to , amongst other things, Re3 and Bf7+

3.) Nezhmetdinov Mem Kazan 2016.6.2  Moskalenko, Alexander–Aleksandrov, Aleksej: 14.Bxh7+! is very strong. 14… Kxh7 15.Qh4+ Kg8 (No better is 15…Kg6 16.Qg5+ Kh7 17.Qh5+Kg8 18.Ng5) 16.Ng5 Rd8 17.Qh7+ Kf8 18.Qh8+ Ke7 19.Qxg7 And Black is all tied up and can only wait for the axe to fall 19… Rf8 20.Ne4?! (20.Nh7 is decisive) Nd8? ( 20…Nb4! 21.Bh4+ Kd7 and Black can still fight ) 21.Bh4+ Kd7  and now simply 22. Rd1+! wins the quickest

4.) Nezhmetdinov Mem Kazan 2016.5.31  Ponkratov, Pavel–Voinikonis, Nikita: 20.Nd4!! An amazingly strong move.  The threat is simply 21.Nxe6! and Black has no adequate defence. The game continued: 20…Nf6 (20…Bxg2 21.Nxe6! crushes or 20…h6 21.Nxe6! ) 21.Nxe6! fxe6 22.Rxd5 Nxd5 23.Qxe6+ Be7 24.Bxd5 Qc8 25.Bc6+ 1-0

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