Tactics Lesson 2B (Novice)

Siljanovski – Gufeld
Moskau 1966
Black to Move

               
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
               
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 Move:   
[you may click on a move notation in the solution below to jump to that move]

 

 

1…Rd3! 2.Qf6
[2.Qf4 Qc5+ 3.Be3 Rd2+]
[2.Be3?? Qb2+ 3.Qe2 Qxe2+ 4.Kxe2 Rexe3+
(4…Rxc3 Black could choose instead, keeping Black’s Bishop pinned, but either line should win easily for Black.)
5.Kf2 Rxc3 Black should have easy win, but if following move is played by White makes it even easier for Black
6.Rae1? Rxe1 7.Rxe1 Rc2+ and Black clearly now has very easy win]
2…Re2+ 3.Kxe2 Rd6+

 

Janowski – Nardus
1912
Black to Move

               
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
               
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 Move:   
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make way for the Knight…the Black Queen becomes a sacrificial lamb to force the White King to a square so the Knight can begin a discovered attack/check pattern aided by an open file Rook. This game shows the importance of Rooks controlling open files, especially open central files.
1…Qxf1+ 2.Kxf1
[2.Kh2 perhaps this might have been better at least initially for White because it forces Black to consider White’s checking threats; however, White is too far down in material in any event]
2…Nd2+ 3.Kg1 Re1+ 4.Kh2 Nf1+ White’s consecutive checking pattern forces a discovered attack/check, getting Black’s Queen. 5.Kg1 Ne3+ 6.Kh2Nxf5

 

Balogh – Grommer
Prag 1931
White to Move

               
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
               
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 Move:   
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1.Qxb7+!! Queen sacrifice to set up discovered attack/check
1…Kxb7 2.Bxd7+ discovered attack/check; White gets a Bishop Pair and flushes the Black King into open, leading to mate at a8.
2…Ka8
[2…Ka6?? 3.Bc8+ Ka5 4.Nc4+ Ka4 5.Rb4#]
3.Rxb8+! Rook sacrifice to clear the way for White’s Bishop Pair to work in tandem with White’s remaining Rook the entomb and mate the Black King at a8.
3…Kxb8 4.Rb1+ Ka8 5.Bc6#
This game was rated for the C level in the original tutorial lesson pgn file, but I downgraded it to the B level.