Friday’s chess tactics quiz!

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1st Stars Cup  Bandar-e Anzali   2016.7.15  P0sition before Black’s 33rd move.  White’s pieces have been pushed back into passive positions, while Black has cleverly weakened White’s King position.  Now is the perfect time to strike…

BLACK TO PLAY AND CRUSH!

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1st Stars Cup  Bandar-e Anzali   2016.7.18  Position after 18 moves.  It seems very much as though the game is just beginning, infact it is about to end!  

WHITE TO PLAY AND CRUSH!

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1st Stars Cup  Bandar-e Anzali   2016.7.18  Position before Black’s 27th move.  It is clear that White has been outplayed by his more experienced rival, who dominates the centre with his powerful armada…Black can now play 27…Nb4!? to increase his pressure (28.b3! Qa6!), but the grandmaster wants more.  He wants to immediately end the game…

BLACK TO PLAY AND CRUSH!

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1st Stars Cup  Bandar-e Anzali   2016.7.18  Position after 19 moves. Material is even, but Black’s pieces lack coordination.  His last move was 19…h6, trying to get rid of some pressure….

WHITE TO PLAY AND WIN!

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SOLUTIONS

1st Stars Cup  Bandar-e Anzali   2016.7.15  Khademalsharieh,S–Short,N : 33…Ne2+ 34.Rxe2 ( 34.Kf1 Qh2 35.Rxe2 Qxh3+ 36.Rg2 Nxg2 37.Nxg2 Qxf3+ 38.Bf2 Qxd1+ ) Qg3+ 35.Kf1 ( 35.Ng2 Qh2+ 36.Kf1 Qh1+ 37.Bg1 Bh2 ) ( 35.Rg2 Nxg2 36.Nxg2 Qh2+ 37.Kf1 Qh1+ 38.Kf2 Qxd1 ) Qxh3+ 36.Kg1 Bh2+ ( 36…Nxf3+ is even more precise ) 0-1 After  37.RxB Nxf3+ 38.NxN RxR+ etc or 37.Kh1 RxR etc.

1st Stars Cup  Bandar-e Anzali   2016.7.18  Short,N–Ghaem Maghami,E:  19.Nd5! A very nice positional sacrifice that leaves Black paralyzed and helpless. 19…exd5 20.cxd5 Qb7 21.Nc6! Rfe8 22.f4! Nh5 23.e5! Nb8 24.Nxd8 Rxd8 25.e6 Nf6 26.f5 b5 27.Bd4 Rf8 28.Qh6 fxe6 29.dxe6 d5 30.fxg6 Nc6 31.Rxc6 1-0

1st Stars Cup  Bandar-e Anzali   2016.7.18  Firouzja,Alireza–Dreev,A: 27…Bd2!! 28.Nxd2 (White’s problem is that he can not take with the Rook because of forced mate on c1) 28… Qc2+ 29.Ka1 Rb5! 30.b3 Ra5 31.a4 Nb4 0-1 (Also 31…Rxa4+ would win)

1st Stars Cup  Bandar-e Anzali   2016.7.18  Edouard,R–Pourramezanali,A:  20.Ne4! Qe6 21.Bxd5 ! Qxd5 22.Nxf6+ Kf7 23.Nxd5 Bxc3 24.Bxc3 with two extra pawns that White had no problema converting into a win some dozen moves later.

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