Black to move. Can you find the killer combination? Step one, eliminate defenders and step two, force mate!
1. ....Bxe5 2. Bxe5 Nxf3+ 3.exf3 so far this is all forced. Now what?
3. ...Bg2!! and White can't avoid mate.
If 3. Kxg2 Qh3+ 4.Kg1 and Qh1 # or if 3. Bxh8 Qh3 and we still mate on h1.
This game shows how beautiful and slightly violent chess is.
Today I played my round 5 game in the team 45 45 league on Internet Chess Club (ICC). See affiliate links on this website!) My team was in the lead 2-1 so I just needed a draw but I had the Black pieces.
On move 12, the server had an outage and when I reconnected, we couldn't get the game back. So, we played a new one and followed the same opening until..... My opponent deviated on the last move, instead of following the book with Nxd4 sacrificing a pawn, he chose Nd6+ which got me out of the book. From here I had to do the work myself and I actually managed to play a good move in the position below.
What would you play here and how far can you see?
BLACK TO MOVE
1. ... Be4!! (My engine gave me the !!) threatening mate on d1. 2. h4 Rd1+ 3.Kh2 Bxf3 4.Kg3 Bc6 and White gets mated after Rxg2+ and Rh1.
Black wasn't happy with the pin on his Queen so he played 1. ...Qe8.
What other factors are in play other than pins? Was this a good move?
Coach Vas doesn't miss a beat here. 2. Bxf6 gxf6 3. cxd5 exd5. Here White is positionally rocking it because Black's pawns are all broken up. I won easily.
Lesson: take good care of your pawns!
I'm following the official order to stay home and part of my daily routine is online play at ICC. This morning I won a 3 round 15 0 event and the position below is from the final.
Black to play!
1. ...Nxd4! (Of course!) 2.exd4 Qxd4+ 3.Re3 f4 4.Bf2 fxe3 5. Bxe3 Qe5 (Threatening Qxh2+ and Bg3#) 6.g3 Rc3 7.Kf2 Qxe3+ 0-1
Always stay on the lookout for tactics and stay active with the Black pieces.
Note: I'm available for online rapid games at $15/hour with e-mailed notes.
I celebrated my birthday this past Sunday by playing chess online at ICC (wwww.chessclub.com). When you hang out in the 3 0 blitz random pool long enough, you will get to play FMs and IMs. But I didn't expect to face a strong Turkish grandmaster Suat Atalik. He made my day when we drew in a position with opposite colour bishops. What a thrill!
Final position below.
[Event "ICC 3 0"]
[Site "Internet Chess Club"]
[White "GM Suat Atalik"]
[Black "NCM Vas Sladek"]
1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. Nf3 a6 5. cxd5 cxd5 6. Bf4 Nc6 7. Ne5 e6 8. e3
Bd7 9. Bd3 Rc8 10. O-O Be7 11. Qf3 b5 12. Rac1 b4 13. Ne2 Nxe5 14. dxe5 Ne4 15.
Rxc8 Qxc8 16. Rc1 Qb7 17. Nd4 O-O 18. Qe2 Rc8 19. Rxc8+ Bxc8 20. f3 Nc5 21. Bc2
a5 22. Qb5 Qxb5 23. Nxb5 Ba6 24. Nd6 Nd3 25. Bxd3 Bxd3 26. a3 bxa3 27. bxa3 a4
28. e4 dxe4 29. fxe4 Kf8 30. Bd2 Bxd6 31. exd6 Ke8 32. e5 Kd7 33. Bc3 Be4 34.
Kf2 Kc6 35. g4 h6 36. h4 g6 37. h5 g5 38. Ba5 Kd7 39. Kg3 Bc6 40. Kf2 Bd5 41.
Ke3 Bc6 42. Bd2 Bd5 43. Kd4 Bf3 44. Bxg5 Bxg4 45. Bxh6 Bxh5 46. Kc4 Bd1 47. Kb4
Bc2 48. Bg5 Bd1 49. Bf6 Bc2 1/2-1/2
Today I managed to catch a free simul online at ICC against chess coach IM Vojislav Milanovic. He played ten people at 30 30 time control. Please look at the final position and figure out why it's a draw.
White will play 1. Kg1 and Black can't really make progress. If 1. ...Ra1 + 2.Kg2 (not Kf2 because after a2 Black has the threat of Rh1, if 3. Rxa2 Rh2+ wins) and White will keep his King on the second rank.
If the Black King attacks the White rook, he will allow the f pawn to promote.
Holding endgames against titled players can be stressful. Don't forget to study endgames, otherwise you'll be stressing like me.
See you online: you can challenge me on ICC, my handle is Sloggi
I'm a bit torn, it's a strange time to be playing online chess on a sunny spring day. I love to play but it's not easy to concentrate with everything that's going on.
Tactics win games! Take a look at the position below and knockout Black. Level: easy. Hint: don't be shy.
White to play!
Solution: 26. Rh8+!! Bxh8 27.Qh6 and White will mate on h8 or h7.
With COVID19 raging globally, ICC, the internet chess club is offering two free months on their server. That's perfect if you're stuck at home. Just contact them and install their free software.
I used to be a member but quit when I was too busy and had memberships on several servers. It just didn't make sense. But now, two free months on ICC is great. Give it a try.
You can challenge me if you see me online. My handle is Sloggi.
BLACK to play and mate. Easy level.
NCM Vas Sladek
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