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Tactical Workout

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Written by Administrator   
Friday, 19 July 2013

By GM Kevin Spraggett
Kevin's blog (parental advisory)

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GM Spraggett offers 5 tactical problems from you to solve. All of them come from recently played games.



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PINS AND NEEDLES


Ramirez,Victor (2000)

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cm  Guttulsrud,O


From Barcelona this past weekend.  Position after 20 moves.  White has sacrificed a piece in typical Sicilian style and the Black King is trapped in the centre.  That being said, it must be confessed that Black can put up a lot of resistance here.  Plausible moves such as 21.Bf7, 21.Be4 allow Black to save himself.  But there is a move in the position that does win: you need to find it. Good luck!


WHITE TO PLAY AND WIN!

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FINESSE

Markov,M

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Atabayev,M,

From the 27th World University Summer Games.  Position after 24 moves.  Clearly Black is lost but refuses to throw in the towel.  Perhaps he is rightin such positions White must convince Black of the futility of playing on.


WHITE TO PLAY AND WIN!

UN-INVITED GUEST

Pham, Chu

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Mammadov,Z


From the Universtiy Games as above.  Position after 22 moves.  Clearly White has dangerous chances on the Kingside.  Black should have never allowed so much fire-power to manoeuvre thereBUT still, it is not so simple.  White can double Blacks pawns on f6, but this would only lead to a small positional plus.  There must be better!

WHITE TO PLAY AND WIN!

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THE INEVITABLE

Markov,M

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Margvelashvili,G

University games, as above.  Position after 33 moves. White has been putting pressure on Black for most of the middlegame, but Black has resisted with courage and determination.  HOWEVER, there are always limits to what one can do if ones position is beyond savingHere White is about to launch the decisive thrust.

WHITE TO PLAY AND WIN!

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UNSTOPPABLE  INITIATIVE

 

Gantner,Mat

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Zhou,Jian 
 

Once more from the Summer games!  Position after 24 moves.  Black has an extra pawn but his position is riddled with weakness and lack of coordination.  In particular, the Black King is exposed.  Curiously, the Black Queen is also vulnerableboth of these considerations play significant roles in the game continuation. 

WHITE TO PLAY AND GET A WINNING ADVANTAGE! 

SOLUTIONS

Guttulsrud, Odd MartinRamirez Medina, Victor:   21.Bf5!! Only move to win!  Black is defenceless   22 Bd6 (If instead 22Kc6 then 23.Rxe6+ forces mate)  22.Qxd5 exf5 23.Qxa8   1-0

Atabayev, MaksatMarkov, Mikhail :  25.Rxf6+!  Bxf6 26.Bd5!! 1-0

Mammadov, ZaurPham, Chuong:  23.Nxg7!! Winning The Knight can not be taken as 24.Qh5! crushes.  Black managed to hang on for another dozen painful moves

Margvelashvili, GMarkov, M:  34.Rxg7! Ng5!? (Black can not hold out for long.  If instead he takes the Rook with the King, then 35.Qf6+ and 36.Qxh6 is curtains) 35.Bxg5 Kxg7 36.Bf6+ 1-0

Zhou, JianchaoGantner, Matthias:  25.Rxb5! axb5 26.Qxe7 Rd7 ( Moving the Rook to other squares will be answered by  27.exd5 winning a piece )  27.Qe8+ Kg7 28.exd5! Rxd5  There is nothing better 29.Bc3! Rd1+ 30.Bf1 Qxc3 31.bxc3  Bc4 (If instead 31Bh3 32.Qxb5! h6 33.f4 and White must win) 32.Qe7 h6 33.Qxb7 Bxf1 34.f4 1-0


Other posts by GM Kevin Spraggett:

Knight-mares
6-time Portuguese Chess Champion Rui Damaso's Chess Brilliancies
Ode to the Kings's Gambit
Good news for old chess players
Lothar Schmid
Chess un-plugged!
Deceptively simple chess
Erich Eliskases
Robert Byrne



Comments (2)
1. Written by O_x on 11:56 20 2013 .
 
 
The 3rd one was my fave.,, 
so many possible combinations 
such as: 
23. Nxf6+, Kh8(didnt see it coming hahaha). 
24. Nxf7# 
Its a mate in 2!!! LOL 
Nxg7 was smart, id never have thought of it if i didnt look at the answers.. :p 
But i dont understand why doubling f6 pawns is bad for white , with Nxf6+...:upset 
 
White can double Blacks pawns on f6, but this would only lead to a small positional plus. There must be better! 
 
23. Nxf6+,gxf6 
24. Qh5! ???(White,threatening forced mate and i have no idea what black should do here) 
Anyhow, the king isnt going anywhere because white has rooks on d1 and e1. 
 
Thats why... 
I thought Nxf6+ was the answer,and... :p 
i like Knight checks because you can easily predict opponents' next moves: Move the King or Take the Knight 
:zzz 
O_o 
 
What i meant to say was.. 
Nice puzzles..!
 
2. Written by O_x on 14:15 20 2013 .
 
 
...actually i was jst kidding with my 1st comment. 
and testing! ha 
Yes...i was testing if you saw the Knight on f8 or not 
coz if you didnt see it: Nxf6+,gxf6 followed by Qh5 wasnt that bad... 
 
O_O
 

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