Tactics selection from Skilling Open Chess24 Open
Nakamura with Black finishes off nicely
32... ♕b4+ works as well
33... ♘e2+ wins the queen
Next we have Radjabov in the decisive phase of his attack with the Black pieces against Duda
33... ♗f3 works too
Next we have Firouzja with White who was temporarily down a piece for 2 pawns. What did he play in the diagram with White ?
26. ♗f1 works
We now have MVL ( Maxime Vachier Lagrave) in his element, playing with Black the Sicilian Najdorf.
How did he conclude the game with Black against Le ?
MVL is ruthless in this game!
23... ♗xf6 Black is winning here
24... ♘f3! opening up the h8-a1 diagonal
25... ♕c2! if Rb1 then Rxb3! followed by Ra3#
And finally a brilliant combination by Hikaru Nakamura against Alireza Firouzja ? White won the game and qualified. Black ended up being eliminated due to tie-breaks. This was a very important game and Hikaru's finish was nothing short of brilliant play in rapid chess.
White is winning after this pseudo queeen sac
35. ♘f8+? this wins a pawn but the ending is equal 35... ♔g8 36. ♘xe6 ♘b6 a4 and c4 are attacked, which means Black is holding 37. c5 (37. a5 ♘xc4 38. a6 ♔f7 39. ♘d8+ ♔e7 40. ♘c6+ ♔d7 41. ♘xa7⁇ ♘d6 ) 37... ♘xa4 38. c6 ♘b6 39. c7 a5 40. ♘c5 ♔f7 41. ♔g3 ♔e7 42. ♔f3 ♔d6 43. ♘b7+ ♔xc7 44. ♘xa5
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