Master Moves #2

1/10/2011 – 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 #2

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








A nice little shot by Shirov. White to play and win.

Position 2








Black to play and win

Position 3








White sacrificed his knight on f7. How does he continue?

Position 4








White to play and win

Position 5








White to play and win

Position 6








Does Bc4+ work? If not, what should White play?

Position 7








Vachier-Lagrave found the path to victory here.
White to play and win.

Position 8








A combination by Almasi on his way to winning the
European Rapid Championship.
White to play and win.

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