Sunday’s tactics quiz!


1). 16th ch-Euro Seniors +65 /Yerevan ARM /2016.6.9/ Zilbert, Oleg–Avetisyan, Ashot: 21…Qxe3+!!   The point of Black’s ingenious play.  White can not take the Queen because it is mate.  As a result, White must retreat and the rest is a classic route: 22.Kc2 Rf2 23.Rh3 Qf4 24.Rh5 Qxg4 25.Rxd5 Raf8 26.b4 Qg2 27.Kb3 g6 28.b5 Na5+ 29.Ka4 b6 30.Rd7 axb5+ 31.Kxb5 Bd6 32.d5 Qg3 33.Qd2 e3 34.Qd4+ Qe5 35.Qd3 Rxe2 36.Rxh7+ Kxh7 37.Nxe2 Qe8+ 38.Ka6 Qc8+ 0-1

2). Capo d’Orso Open /Porto Mannu /2016.6.4 Frolyanov, Dmitry-Ventura, Salvatore: 21.Rxf6! 1-0  After 21…PxR 22.Qh4+ and mate to follow  OUCH!

3.) Capablanca Mem Varadero 2016.6.10  Ivanchuk, Vassily–Almasi, Zoltan: 27.Rxg7+!! Kh8 (taking the Rook gets mated after 28.Qc7+ etc) 21.Rxg4! hxg4 29.Qe5+ Kg8 30.Qxe6+ Kh8 31.Qe5+ Kg8 32.Qxd5+ 1-0

4.) 16th ch-Euro Seniors  Yerevan ARM 2016.6.9 Vaganian, Rafael -Legky, Nikolay: 15.d5!  Curiously, Black is completely lost after this!  White opens the centre before the Black Queen can find a safe refuge. 15…exd5 16.Nxd5 Nxd5 17.Bxd5 1-0  The threat is simply Bxf7+/Qb3+ and then taking the Queen with the Rook.  Surprisingly simple!

5.) VII ShakkiNet GM Helsinki 2016.6.1 Zhou, Qiyu-Keinanen, Toivo: 21.O-O!! Probably one of the strongest castling moves ever!  White simply intends to double on the d-line. Taking either of the Bishops allows 22.Rfd1, winning material because of the undefended state of the Black Rook on g8.  21… f6!?  Under the circumstances, the best try, but insufficient. 22.Rxd7! Kxd7 23.Rd1+ Ke8 24.Bxe6 Rg6 25.Bd6 Rc6 26.Bf5 Rg7 27.g4 and Qiyu won convincingly.

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