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.
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You can challenge me if you see me online. My handle is Sloggi.
BLACK to play and mate. Easy level.
I love this game. Down a full point in the last game of the match, GM Goryachkina had to win! I think this was her first game with 1.d4 d5 2.Nc3 and she did it.
[Event "FIDE Women's World Championship"]
[White "Goryachkina, Aleksandra"]
[Black "Ju, Wenjun"]
1. d4 d5 2. Nc3 Nf6 3. Bf4 e6 4. Nb5 Na6 5. e3 Bb4+ 6. c3 Be7 7. a4 O-O 8. Bd3
c6 9. Na3 c5 10. Nf3 Ne4 11. h3 f5 12. Nb5 c4 13. Bxe4 fxe4 14. Ne5 Nb8 15. O-O
a6 16. Na3 Nd7 17. Nc2 Qe8 18. f3 Nxe5 19. Bxe5 Bd7 20. Ne1 Qh5 21. Kh2 exf3
22. Nxf3 Be8 23. Qe1 Qg6 24. Bf4 Qe4 25. a5 h6 26. Nd2 Qh7 27. e4 dxe4 28. Be5
Rc8 29. Rxf8+ Bxf8 30. Qe2 e3 31. Nxc4 Bb5 32. b3 Qe4 33. Rf1 Qc6 34. Qxe3 Qe8
35. Qe2 Qg6 36. Rf3 Kh7 37. Qf2 Bc6 38. Rg3 Qf5 39. Qe2 Rd8 40. Ne3 Qf7 41.
Qd3+ g6 42. Rg4 Bg7 43. Bxg7 Kxg7 44. Nc4 Bb5 45. Qg3 Bxc4 46. bxc4 Rd7 47. Re4
Qf6 48. Qe3 Rd6 49. c5 Rc6 50. Kg1 Qf5 51. Rf4 Qg5 52. h4 Qe7 53. Qe5+ Kg8 54.
Rf6 Kh7 55. h5 gxh5 56. Qf4 e5 57. Qxh6+ Kg8 58. Qg6+ Kh8 59. Qxh5+ Kg8 60.
WHITE TO PLAY
This is an easy pattern to recognize. The f6 square cuts off the Black King and the h-file is an obvious attacking line. We just have a small problem with the black knight. So, .....do you see White's best move?
1. Qxd5! exd5 2. R1h1 and there will be mate on h8. Beautiful. Wei Yi vs. Tigran L Petrosian, 2020
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1) The club meets on Tuesdays from 5-7:45pm. So, the day changes and the hours are shorter. Please stop by.
2) Chess coach NCM Vas Sladek is available for private lessons so please contact me if your kids want to improve their game over the summer holidays and beyond. Purchasing a set of 5 or 10 lessons is cheaper. Single 1 hour lesson is only $20 per hour. Paid students can also play me online for free.
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I have a perfect example of a zwischenzug which refers to an intermediate move, in German. Basically, instead of playing an expected move, you first play an unexpected one.
White to play
So, now what? The expected move would be recapturing the knight with bxc6. But White has a crushing zwischenzug. Do you see it?
1. Ra6!! and the Black Queen has no place to go. 1-0.
Try to look for these intermediate moves in your games. Don't just play expected moves.
It's always fun to play hard and hold International Masters to draws, even if it's just in online play on ICC. I can't think of better practice than playing against FIDE titled players. Sadly, this is also why I don't make it down to the club that often.
A. Black to play
IM Maltan Hiram vs NCM Vas Sladek
22. ...Rb8 (and Black will get his pawn back)
23. Ra1 h6! (Don't rush, especially against IMs. 23. ...Qxb5?? 24.Qxb5 Rxb5 25. Ra8+ and Black will get mated on the back rank. Always give your King room to move.)
24. c4 dxc4
25. Bxc4 Qxb2
26. Qxb2 Rxb2 and draw agreed 1/2-1/2
B. Black to play
IM Jose Luis Vilela vs. NCM Vas Sladek
58. ...Nf5+ 59. Kf2 Ne7 Draw agreed.
C. White to play
NCM Vas Sladek vs. IM Jose Luis Vilela
29. Be2+ Kb6 30. Bd1 and draw agreed. Black can't really afford to give up the a pawn.
NCM Vas Sladek
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