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Saturday, November 15, 2008

Online tactics: passed pawn


White to move.

I was playing Black, and in this position White was easily winning with Rc3! However, my opponent did not sense the danger, and went pawn grabbing:

42. Kg6 ??

White assumed there is plenty of time to stop the 'e' pawn with Rc2. That did not go so well after 42... Bb4 43. Rc2 Bd2!! 0-1


There is no defence against e3-e2.

Suddenly White has to give up the rook for the pawn, with Rc4 and Re4, but after that Black wins easily.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Friday, November 7, 2008

Online tactics: GR2770 (2099) - soccerplayer (2278) [A07]


Here I fell victim to a simple shot:

33.Rxd5! Rxd5 34.Nxf6+ Kg6 35.Nxd5 Rxc5 36.Nf4+ Kh7 37.Nh5 Kg6 38.Nxg7 Rc1+ 39.Kg2 Rc4 40.g4 1-0

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Online tactics: soccerplayer (2258) - Hajnus_Andrej (2092) [C10], 2007


18.Nxh6+! the whole attack seems to be conducted by white quite correctly 18...gxh6 19.Bxh6 Kh8 20.Bxf8 Bxf8 21.Qd2! Bg7 22.Rg5! Kg8


23.Rxg7+! Kxg7 24.Qg5+ Kf8 25.Qxf6 Qxb2 26.Rf1 [26.Rb1 was a bit more precise] 26...Qxc3 27.Bg6 1-0

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