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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

Online tactics: BOBAH (2005) - soccerplayer (2178) [A16] , 2007


26...Rxf1! 27.Kxf1 [27.Rxf6 Qxf6 28.Qxf6+ Kxf6 29.Kxf1 Bxd3+ 30.Ke1 Bxa6-+] 27...Bh3+ 0-1

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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