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GM Kevin Spraggett's Tactics

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Friday, 16 May 2014
By GM Kevin Spraggett, Canada.
Best FIDE rating: 2633
Kevin's blog (parental advisory)

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Today some tactical examples from my own games

GM Spraggett,K



Andorra Open, 1991.  Position before Blacks 24th move.  A sharp Leningrad Dutch has given way to White being  near winning on the Queenside but having his King wide open on the other side.  At first I thought of playing 24Ng4!?, but did not see a clear line after 25.Qf3!, though Black maintains a strong and dangerous initiative.  Then a clever idea came to my minddo you see it also?



GM  Spraggett,K

IM  Hebert,J

Canadian Zonal , Vancouver, 2002  Position before Blacks 29th move.  Black had previously sacrificed a pawn to open the game and try to catch the White pieces offside.  It worked!  The White position is riddled with pawn weaknesses, while the Bishop on b4 and Knight on e2 are causes for concern.




GM  Spassky,Boris

GM  Spraggett,K

Candidates Tournament, Montpellier 1985.  Position after 31 moves.  White has a clear advantage but the former world champion is defending very resourcefully. White was intending to play 32.Rf7 followed by Qh6 with a mating setup, but at the last moment he realized that Spassky has 32Rxb2+ with a perpetual check!   I could have defended against this with 32.Qf3!?, but after 32Rxb2+ anyway.  33.KxR  QxN+ and 34Qe4+ Black could force an ending where Whites win is not so guaranteed.  I felt that White deserved better!


I used up 10 minutes of my remaining 15 minutes and finally found the solutionone that I am very proud of!





FM  Harper,Bruce


The Montreal Open , September 1973.  Position after 18 moves. This was the first time that I employed Keres/Alekhines sharp attacking line in the advance French (1.e4 e6  2.d4 d5  3.e5 c5 4.Nf3!? cxd4 5.Bd3), and one that has since brought me a lot of success against grandmasters.

Here the Black King position is wide open, and while something could be said of Blacks impressive pawn centre, the simple fact is that it is Whites move and that decides everything..



GM  Spraggett,K

GM  Djuric,Stefan

Quebec Open, August 1983.  Position before Blacks 26th move. This was a great summer for me, I won practically every tournament I played in (World Open, Canadian Open, Quebec Open)  In the position above, the Serbian grandmaster had just taken my d-pawn and seems to be winning



GM  Spraggett,K

Croisetiere ,Michel

USSR Cultural Association Open.  Montreal   Summer, 1973 Position before Blacks 23rd move.  Black had sacrificed an exchange to expose the White King.  Now is the time to exploit said fact




Andorra Open 1991 Monnard Laurent Spraggett,K 24Rb4!!  Driving away the White Queen from the Kingside  25.Qxb4 Qg4+ 26.Kh2 ( 26.Kf1 Qh3+ 27.Ke1 Qh1+ 28.Kd2 Rd8+ ) Qh4+ 27.Kg2 Ng4 28.Be3 Qh2+ 29.Kf3 Ne5+ (29Nf6! Is even faster) 30.Ke4 Rxf4+ 31.Bxf4 Qxf4+ 32.Kd5 Qxb4 33.Nxa6 Qc4# 0-1

Canadian Zonal Vancouver  2002  Hebert JeanSpraggett Kevin: 29Nd3!! 30.Rxd3 Qc2!  The point.  Even though White is a piece and a pawn up, he must lose material and remain with a position filled with pawn weaknesses.  31.Rd2 Qxb1 32.Qxb6 Bxd5 33.Nf4 Ba8! 34.Nh5 Ba1! 35.Ba5 Rb8 36.Qxa6 Qxb3 37.Bc7 Rbc8 38.Bf4 Bxf3! 39.Rd3 Rc2! 40.Bd2 Rxd2 0-1

Candidates Tournament Montpellier  1985 Spraggett KSpassky Boris: 32.Ka1!! Rxb2!?  (Otherwise White will proceed Rf7 and Qh6.) 33.Qg3+!! Kh8 34.Rf7! Rg2!? 35.Rxh7+!  With a forced mate  1-0

Montreal Open  September, 1976  Spraggett,KHarper Bruce:  19.Nxd5! nicely calculated to the end  19exd5 20.Qxd5+ Kh8 21.Red1!!  This is the right Rook.  21 Bg5 22.Rxc6!! Rxc6 23.Bxe5+ 1-0  After 23Bf6 comes the spectacular 24.Qxc6!!  winning bags of material in all lines.

Quebec Open August 1983  Djuric StefanSpraggett Kevin: 26Qxe2!  Winning.  The Queen can not be taken because of mate in one move!  27.Qxf5 Qe3+ 28.Kb1 Rxf5 29.Nxf5 Qxf3 30.Nxg7 Nd3 31.d6 Qf2 32.Na4 b5 33.d7 Qc2+ 34.Ka1Rd8 35.Ne6 bxa4 0-1

USSR Cultural Association Open Montreal  1973: Croisetiere MichelSpraggett Kevin:  23 Rf2+! 24.Kc1 (24.Ke1 Rxc2 wins easily enough)  24 Nb3+!  0-1

Other posts by GM Kevin Spraggett:
Saturday's 5-second Tactics
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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