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5 Tactical Positions to Solve Today E-mail
Written by Yury Markushin   
Friday, 16 January 2015 00:00

tacticsToday we  present 5 positions taken from high level games and involving some sort of tactical motifs. These are not typical, straightforward mate-and-3 problems. You need to be creative in order to find the combination winning material and the game. In many cases you need to consider alternative responses of the opposite side to consider your solution complete. Give it a try, post your solutions in the comment field below!

Position #1: Kacirek - Schnabel

position 1

White to move and win

Position #2: Danner - Schnabel


White to move and win

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Position #3: Sznapik - Weemaes

position 3

Black to move and win

Position #4: Gruenberg - Geller

position 4

Black to move and win

Position #5: Tschechow - Zeschkowski

position 5

Black to move and win

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Last Updated on Monday, 19 January 2015 13:04


0 #10 Julius Baldenero 2015-03-28 23:01
I like Position #5: Tschechow-Zeschkowski

1. ...Nxf3+
2. exf3 Re1+
(If 3. Rxe1 then white losses the queen by 3. ..Qxd4)
3. Kg2 Qxd4
4. Rxd4 Rxc1 (black wins rook up)
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0 #9 Mahek 2015-01-26 00:19
1..... Ne5 2.Ke3 Ng4+ +-
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0 #8 iceman 2015-01-17 20:35
3- 1. ne5
2. ke3 ng4

the others are obvious
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0 #7 krishna 2015-01-17 12:16
1.Rxd8 Kxd8
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+2 #6 David Paul 2015-01-17 01:24
My computer engine calls it a draw.
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+1 #5 Srecko 2015-01-16 18:51
1.)1.Bxc6+ bxc62.Rxd8+ Kxd83.Nxf7+ Ke74.Nxh8+- 2.)1.Qxd6 Bxd6(1....Qxd12.Nf6+ Kg73.Qxd1)2.Nf6+ 3.)1.... Qxf1+2.Kxf1 Rxf5+3.Qxf5 gxf5-+ 4.)1.... Ne52.Kxe5(2.Ke3 Ng4+;2....f2?3.Ke2)f2-+ 5.)1.... Nxf3+2.exf3Re1+3.Kg2(3.Rxe1 Qxd4)Qxd4 4.Rxd4 Rxc1 -+ :-)
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+2 #4 Jorge D 2015-01-16 17:54
RxBd8+ *KxRd8 Nxf6+ Kany NxRh8 Balance: R x

*if Ke7 to guard P -> Balance: Nothing x B
QxRd6 BxQd6 Cf6+ Kany NxQg4 -> Balance: Q x

QxRf1+ KxQf1 Rxf5+ *QxRf5 PxQf5 -> Balance:

Q+R x R+P+Q

If *Kg1 or Ke1 RxQg5 -> Balance: Q x R+P+Q
Pf7 *KxCd3 Rd1+ Ke7 f1=Q+

If *Rxf2 then RxRf2 and the paws is isolated

of the King with "time" to the black King...

If *Ke3 Re1+ and the Pawn passes
NxBf3+ PxNf3 Re1+ *RxRe1 QxQd4 -> Balance:

N+R x B+Q

If *Kg2 QxQd4 RxQd4 RxRc1 -> Balance: N+Q x B+Q+R
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0 #3 GOGUL GIRIDHAR 2015-01-16 16:39
POSITION-1:1.Bxc6+ bxc6,2.Rxd8+ Kxd8,3.Nxf7+ Ke7,4.Nxh8 and white wins(two pawns up).
POSITION-2:sol-1:1.Qxd6 Qxd1,2.Qxf8+! Kxf8,3.Rxd8 and white wins(material adv).
POSITION-2:sol-2:1.Qxd6 Bxd6,2.Nf6+(forks the king and queen)and white wins(material adv).
POSITION-3:1. ..... Qxf8+!,2.Kxf8 Rxf4+,3.Qxf4(forced) gxf4 and black wins(exchange up)
POSITION-4:sol-1:1. ....Ne5,2.Ke3 f2,3.Rxf2 Ng4+,4.Kf3 Nxf2+and black wins...
POSITION-4:sol-1:1. ....Ne5,2.Kxe5 f2!,(if 3. Rxf2 Rxf2 black wins)3.Ke4 Re1+,4.Kd3 f1=Q,5.Rxf1 Rxf1 and black wins
POSITION-5:1. .... Nxf3+,2.exf3 Re1+!,3.Rxe1 Qxd4 and black wins...
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0 #2 Kabamba 2015-01-16 14:38
1. Rxd8+ KxR
Nxf7+ Ke7
2. QxR BxQ
3. QxR+ KxQ
Rxf5+ QxR
4. Ne1
Ke3 Rh1

5. NxB
exN Re1+
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0 #1 Steven Juntunen 2015-01-16 11:49
#1-Rxd8+ Kxd8 Nxf7+
#2- Qxd6 Bxd6 Nf6+
#3- Qxf1+ Kxf1 Rxf5+
#4- f2 Ke3 Re1+
#5 Qxf3 ef Nxf3+
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