Master Moves #5

2/13/2011 – 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. All the positions in this column are from the Aeroflot Open underway. Can you play like the masters?

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Master Moves #5

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 the first rounds of the Aeroflot Open, representing shots both played and missed. The last two are harder than the rest (for a human). There is a link to the answers at the bottom.

Cheparinov-Papin
Aeroflot Open A Moscow RUS (1), 08.02.2011








Don't bother looking for a winning tactical blow, there is none. This was a few moves before the actual combination, but we had to show it because of the aesthetically attractive layout with no fewer than five minor pieces in a file.

17...a6 18.Nc3 h6? 19.Bxf6 Qxf6

Position 1








Now you are served! White to play and win.

Position 2








Black to play and win.

Position 3








White to play and win.

Position 4








Black to play and win.

Position 5








Black to play and win.

Position 6








Guessing the first move is not hard, but in a game
you would only play it if you were certain of the win.
Black to play and win.

Position 7








Rustam Kasimdzhanov, author of several DVDs on tactics,
shows how his lessons are applied. White to play and win.

Position 8








It is easier to calculate if you don't let yourself get overly
distracted by the other side of the board. Black to play and win.

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