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5-second Chess Tactics

User Rating: / 3
Written by Administrator   
Sunday, 23 February 2014
By GM Kevin Spraggett, Canada.
Best FIDE rating: 2633
Kevin's blog (parental advisory)

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Enjoy life. Theres plenty of time to be dead.  
―     Hans Christian Andersen


GM  Fier,Alex

GM  Meister, Peter

Bundesliga  2014.2.8    Position before Blacks 42nd move.  The game has been hard fought but is close to the end, as Blacks far advanced passed pawn is unstoppable while Whites counterplay has still not become dangerous.  In the game continuation Fier played the imprecise 42f4, though White decided to resign anyway!  HOWEVER, while there is not doubt that Black must win, there is still some fight left:  43. Bxf4  Rf8  44.Kg2! RxB  45.Rc7! when an ending with Black having a Bishop extra arises.

There is a more convincing  way for Black to win from the position above.  Do you see it?



GM  Zherebukh, Yaroslav

GM Sargissian,Gabriel

Bronstein Mem Minsk  2014.2.19   Position after 18 moves of play.  The opening has seen the popular Leningrad Defence in the Dutch.  Black has the Bishop pair, but White has a lead in development.  White must act quickly, as a6 will soon push Whites active Knight back and allow him to complete his development.


GM Akopian, Vladimir

GM Fier, Alexandr

Bronstein Mem Minsk  2014.2.19  Position after Whites 26th move (26.Kg2)  The position is about equal, but dynamically unbalanced.  White is better placed in the centre, so Black has drummed up some Kingside counterplay.   Akopian seizes the opportunity to make a draw, almost by force:


If now 27.Kg1 then 27Qf6! can be annoying




Bundesliga  2014.2.8   Meister, PeterFier, Alexandr:  The best line is 42g5! 43.Bxg5 Bf6!  when Black will win BOTH the Rook and Bishop for the passed c-pawn.

Bronstein Mem Minsk  2014.2.19  Sargissian, GabrielZherebukh, Yaroslav:  19.c5! (White opens lines while Blacks pieces are unprepared.  If now 19a6?!  20.Pxe6! Bxe6  21.Nxc7!)  19exd5 20.cxd6 cxd6 21.Rad1 with strong central pressure.  White won in 37 moves.

Bronstein Mem Minsk  2014.2.19   Fier, AlexandrAkopian, Vladimir:  27Ng5+ 28.Kg2 Rxd5!  The key move. 29.Rxd5 Qe4+ 30.Kf1 Qh1+ 31.Ke2 Qf3+ 32.Ke1 Qh1+ 1/2-1/2  NOTE that 27Rxd5! and then 28Ng5+ is the same thing.

Other posts by GM Kevin Spraggett:
Monday Tactics: Oldies
5-second Tactics from London Chess Classic
Tactics from World Chess Team Championship
5-second tactics from St. Louis
GM Bacrot vs. GM Aronian: a Remarkable Turnaround
Today's 5-seconds Tactics
Winning tactics
5-second tactics
Joauquim Durao: Portuguese Chess Legend
Chigorin Memorial 5-second tactics
Play it again, Sam
Time controls, Frank Marshal and Nuremberg 1906
World Junior Concludes
Capablanca's Final Advice
Chess Thriller: GM Moskalenko vs. GM Vallejo Pons
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Friday 5-second tactics
Happy 70th birthday to GM Kavalek
Today's Insight into Chess
Tactical workout-2
Tactical workout
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

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Comments (1)
1. Written by II on 21:58 23 2014 .

1. ...g5 
2. Bxg5 Bf6 
3.Bxf6 c1=Q

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