Puzzles #15 - Over 100 Puzzles! - World Blitz Championship 2014 Dubai - Round 1
Aug 11, 2014, 8:12 AM 1
Can Black survive this position? Play the best defense, then calculate what happens if White doesn't play accurately
Can White survive this position?
Loose pieces drop off..
Just how strong is a tempo, really?
Can you push Black's rook off the board?
Is Ra7 a safe move? Play it and find out! (Calculate what happens after Ra7)
Now let's take a look at the juicy part! How does White survive the complications after Qxb2?
Try to get this one in less than ten seconds. NM Dan Heisman recommends that you build up your tactical knowledge by familiarizing yourself with very basic tactics. Once you are familiar with these tactics, you should be able to spot them in less than 10 seconds - only after mastering the basics can you move on to much more complicated tactics (which are basically an agglomerate of simple tactics).
Survive the complications arising after 11. ...g5 (take a moment and calculate the whole line through).
Can you find the best move for White?
In the game, you can clearly see that after White let Black's queen enter on c3, he found himself in loads of trouble. However, in the present position, White can make use of a tactical "trick" to save himself and retain some sort of advantage. Can you find it?
A common idea when faced with this type of minority attack:
Here, White slowly drummed up an attack. Black soon collapsed on move 21; how did White punish Black's blunder 21. ...Nb6?
Two strong moves finish White off; which is the stronger of the two?
White decides to get mated instead of trying to hold on. How does Black ease White's suffering?
A draw is the fair result here. What should Black do after White's Kg5?
This game was an up and down fiasco, with advantages swinging left and right (both Black and White had several winning advantages during the course of the game!). Can you find a way for White to consolidate?
Only one move will lead to a tactic that nets White a pawn and an attacking position.
As usual, Morozevich puts on a stunning tactical display. Find the best move in the position.
Even the great Morozevich can miss tactics in blitz. Of course, White's position is easily winning, but Morozevich could have forced resignation much sooner - find the move that Morozevich missed!
How does Black get some counterplay?
Is Qxa4 a safe move?
Is Nxe5 a safe move? Play it and find out!
Many moves win, but only one is the best and also the most aesthetically pleasing.
Can you find the best move in this position?
Black's defenses are falling apart - how do you prove that?
Note: White has two very good moves here (and lots of good moves!); the puzzle solution is the one that the engine favors, but don't feel discouraged if you only found the move David himself played!
In the game, White missed an opportunity to punish Black.
Play like Tomashevsky.
What are Black's threats, and how do you meet them?
How do you win this position?
And now, what's the quickest way to win?
Punish Black for his transgressions!
The tale of a wandering rook.
Save White's position.
White had a very good position, but he overpressed. Can you find a way for White to maintain a decent position?
Is e5 a good move here? You might be surprised by the answer...
Can you play like Talinet (I'll leave it to you to figure out who that is)?
How can White activate his position further?
How did White complicate the position immensely (White has many moves in the given position, but only one is truly the "blitz move")?
34. ...Qh8 was Black's best defense (which maintains his advantage). How can White take advantage of second rate defenses?
To defend successfully, Black simply needed to stay put. Can you prove White's point?
Play precisely and win.
Can you get Black out of trouble?
What is White's threat? Did Black's last move meet that threat?
Is Qxh3 a good move? Is White in any trouble?
What are White's threats in this position? Does g6 address those threats?
Can you find any weakness in Black's position? How do you best exploit that weakness?
Even super GMs like the mighty Caruana sometimes fall victim to time pressure! Can you find what Caruana missed?
Can you find a way for White to break through?
How can Black put up the best resistance (two moves)?
Find the strongest move.
How does Black defend?
Should Black take with the Rook or pawn? What happens if Black takes with the pawn?
Make use of a well known tactical motif (especially prominent in the Pirc defense).
Do you think White made the right choice?
What can White do in this position?
Can you find a way for White to take advantage of Black's awkward position (not necessarily a tactical shot)?
How does Black capture the b2 pawn without too many problems? What can White do to at least get some compensation for the pawn?
Put an end to White's suffering (two moves)
Could a natural move like Nd5 turn out to be a mistake?
Black's bishop is tired, so it decides to retreat only one square backward. How can White make use of this physically unfit bishop?
How does Black liquidate and prove that White isn't just a pawn up?
What happens if White plays 25. Qb4 instead of 25. Qa4?
Compare different lines: what happened in Puzzle 74 after Nxc5, and what will happen now if Black plays f5?
Is the knight on e5 optimally placed?
What is Black's best move?
Time for Black to make use of his plusses!
Victory is within your grasps...
How can White avoid a bad position?
Must the knight move?
Now it's time for White to make use of a tactical idea Black was relying on
Endgame fun (two moves win)
Do you have to acquiesce to a draw?
What do you do in Sicilians?
Yet another common tactical motif - can you find it?
Hint: look for the prettiest continuation (wait, isn't beauty in the eye of the beholder?)
Is e6 a good move? Calculate it, then play it in the puzzle and find out!
Increase the pressure.
How can Black draw?
Okay, so let's try something different: I'm going to give you a direct hint to the puzzle. Trap Black's queen.
Is Qxb2 a good move?
Awkward pieces lead to good tactics!
Is Rxb3 a good move?
Rg8 was played. Make use of a handy little tactic.
The block is mightier than the sword...
More common tactical motifs
How does Black save himself?
3 more puzzles in the first comment to this blog post