Master Moves #3

1/16/2011 – All the deepest plans or endgame technique are useless if you fall victim to a shot that leaves you in a lost position. Likewise, sometimes that superior play will only offer a single window of opportunity to deliver that final blow, so it is vital to be ready for it when it does. Here are some positions from recent master and grandmaster practice. Test you tactical eye.

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Master Moves #3

All the deepest plans or endgame technique are useless if you fall victim to a shot that leaves you in a lost position. Likewise, sometimes that superior play will only offer a single window of opportunity to deliver that final blow, so it is vital to be ready for it when it does. All the positions below are from recent master and grandmaster practice, representing shots both played and missed. The last two are the harder than the rest with the last being the hardest (for a human). There is a link to the answers at the bottom.

Position 1








White to play and win.

Position 2








White to play and win.

Position 3








Although Black seems about to run all over his opponent...
White to play and win.

Position 4








Gashimov beat the 5-time Italian champion with this elegant shot.
White to play and win.

Position 5








White to play and win.

Position 6








A lovely little combination by Black.

Position 7








Twas a beast with 800 heads against another with 260.
Black to play and win.

Position 8








Although Judit is usually the one spreading the pain, this
time she was on the receiving end. White to play and win.

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