Two interesting tactical points from a recent game.

Two interesting tactical points from a recent game.

TheTexan
TheTexan
Apr 3, 2016, 5:18 AM |
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Here are two key tactical points from a recent game I played in the Team 4545 league over on ICC.   I actually made the wrong choice in both positions, but still reached a trivial win in the ending that I later threw away with an embarrassing blunder.

 

After working hard to pile up on the vulnerable Knight, 18. Bxc6 bxc6 was played  Now the question is, is it safe for me to take the pawn on c6?   I made the wrong decision, but it is worth looking at the position.

 

 
Later in the game, I had to decide whether it was a good or bad idea to take the e6 pawn.
 
 
In both cases, I looked at the best responses from my opponent and my best moves but failed to calculate well enough to make the right decisions.  Maybe you can do better than me!