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Saturday's 5-second Tactics

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Written by Administrator   
Saturday, 10 May 2014
By GM Kevin Spraggett, Canada.
Best FIDE rating: 2633
Kevin's blog (parental advisory)

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GM  Efimenko, Zahar

GM  Wojtaszek, Radoslaw-

Lublin international tournament yesterday.  Position after 27 moves. White castled Queenside in the opening and then both sides advanced their pawns.  It was a race, but then Black made a serious imprecision and that gave the Polish superstar the advantage.  Here in the position above, Black is holding on by a thread. White now has the opportunity to put Black awaydo you see it?



WGM  Shen, Yang

WGM  Wang, Jue

4th CHN w Masters 2014.5.8  Position after 19 moves of play.  White had sacrificed a piece in the opening to keep the Black King from castling.  Now as the smoke clears, it is clear that White has obvious compensation, as Blacks minor pieces have no play.  More than that, however, White has all of his pieces in play and the clouds have gathered around the Black monarch


IM Guliev, Logman

GM  Savchenko, Boris

Nakhchivan AZE Open 2014.5.5   Position after 28 moves.  A very strange game where Black was better, if not much better, has suddenly turned critical as Black voluntarily returned his King to the centre.  Now White has the opportunity to strike a decisive blow.


GM  Smirnov, Pavel:

IM  Dastan, M.B

Nakhchivan AZE Open 2014.5.5, once more!  Position after Blacks  18th move (18Bd7?!)  With Blacks last move , surprisingly, all of a sudden he is lost!  (Necessary was 18Qc8! with a tough game with chances for both sides)  Now a golden opportunity has arisen for White, based on the a2-g8 diagonal, with the help of the Rook on h3.  Do you see it?



Lublin GM 2014.5.9 Wojtaszek, RadoslawEfimenko, Zahar: 28.Bxh5! gxh5 29.Nxh5 Qxg5  There was no good way to avoid what comes next.  If instead 29Kg8 the 30.Nf6+ follows; OR taking the Knight loses a handful of pawns for nothing after 30.Rxh5+, 31.Qg6+, 32.Qxe6+ etc.  The game ended:  30.Nf4+ 1-0   Black loses his pieces if he blocks the check,  or is mated after 30Kmoves 31.Qh7+ and mate next move.

4th CHN w Masters 2014.5.8 Wang, JueShen, Yang: 20.Bxg7!! Kxg7 21.Qe5+ (The quickest and most precise win is 21.Qh5! Rf8 22.Re7 etc. ) 21f6 22.Qg3+ Kf7 23.Re7+ Qxe7 24.dxe7 Kxe7  Black has 3 pieces for the Queen and would not be so bad off except for the next move  25.c5! This wins a piece.  It cuts off the King from the d6 square and threatens Qg7+  25 Kd8 26.cxb6 axb6 27.Qd6 Re8 28.Rxf6 Bc8 29.Rf5 Ba6 30.Kf2 Kc8 31.g4 1-0

Nakhchivan AZE Open 2014.5.5  Savchenko, BorisGuliev, Logman: 29.Nd4!! There is nothing to be done about the simultaneous threats of Nc6+ and Rxf7+.  The game ended quickly after 29Rxd4 30.Rxf7+! Ke8 31.Qc6+ 1-0

Nakhchivan AZE Open 2014.5.5  Dastan, M.BSmirnov, Pavel:  19.Nd5!!  A neatly calculated move that wins. Everything seems forced now  19exd5 20.Bxd5+ Kh8 21.Qf3!  The key move! Threatening mate with Rxh7+. 21Rf6 22.Qh5! h6 23.exf6 Nxf6 24.Qg6 Ng4 25.Bd4 Bf6 26.Rxh6+!!  Now it is forced mate. 26gxh6 27.Bxf6+ Nxf6 28.Qxf6+ Kh7 29.Re1 1-0

Other posts by GM Kevin Spraggett:
Friday's Chess Tactics
Saturday's Chess Tactics
Saturday's 5-second Tactics
Saturday's 5-second Tactics
GM Ernst Gruenfeld's Chess Tactics
5-second Chess Tactics
5-second Chess Tactics
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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