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  1. A nice morning puzzle

     

    White havematerial advantage with three pawns. If Blackdon't do anything here, then he would lose the position definitely.

     

    However, we can see the White's King is squeezed in the corner of the board. There is a pin on the f3-Rook and Black's Rooks are powerfully placed in the g-line.

     

    Below you can see the solution

     

    [pgn showMoves=puzzle...]

    [Event "?"]
    [Site "?"]
    [Date "????.??.??"]
    [Round "?"]
    [White "New game"]
    [Black "?"]
    [Result "*"]
    [SetUp "1"]
    [FEN "q5rk/6rp/1p2Pb2/1B3P2/PP6/4QR2/7P/3R3K b - - 0 1"]
    [PlyCount "5"]

    1... Bd4 $3 2. Rxd4 (2. Qxd4 Qxf3#) (2. h3 Bxe3 3. Be2 Rg1+ 4. Rxg1 Rxg1+ 5.
    Kh2 Qb8+ 6. Rf4 Qxf4#) 2... Qxf3+ 3. Qxf3 Rg1# *
    [/pgn]

  2. Tata Steel Chess: Out of the blue!

    … GM Richard Rapport with the rating of 2731! You can try to find the winning continuation in the following position. The picture is from the official website.

     

    Carlen –Raport

    002

    White’s turn

     

    He sacrificed temporarily his Rook in order to win more material, thanks to the Knight fork. This was a brilliant chess game; a game which every amateur chess player would like to see.

    The second most rated player in the tournament Shakhriyar Mamedyarov “meets his master” with Viswanathan Anand. The Indian super Grandmaster performs a powerful central break destroying Black’s positions. Probably it was a home preparation because all these extremely complicated tactics happen after the 20th move. Yes, today’s top players make very deeply analysis in the opening and this helps them to demolish the opponent’s positions…

     

    Anand – Mamedyarov

    003

    White’s turn

     

    The results after the 8th round - Tata Steel Masters 2019

     

    Score

    Rating

    1

    2

    3

    4

    5

    6

    7

    8

    9

    10

    11

    12

    13

    14

    1

    Carlsen

    5.5 / 8

    2835

    ½

    ½

    ½

    ½

    1

    1

    1

    ½

    2

    Anand

    5.5 / 8

    2773

    ½

    ½

    ½

    ½

    ½

    1

    1

    1

    3

    Nepomniachtchi

    5.0 / 8

    2763

    ½

    ½

    ½

    1

    ½

    ½

    ½

    1

    4

    Ding, Liren

    5.0 / 8

    2813

    ½

    ½

    ½

    ½

    ½

    ½

    1

    1

    5

    Giri

    5.0 / 8

    2783

    ½

    0

    ½

    ½

    1

    ½

    1

    1

    6

    Radjabov

    4.5 / 8

    2757

    ½

    ½

    1

    ½

    ½

    ½

    ½

    ½

    7

    Vidit

    4.0 / 8

    2695

    ½

    ½

    ½

    0

    ½

    ½

    ½

    1

    8

    Duda

    4.0 / 8

    2738

    ½

    0

    ½

    ½

    1

    ½

    0

    1

    9

    Fedoseev

    3.5 / 8

    2724

    ½

    ½

    ½

    ½

    0

    1

    ½

    0

    10

    Shankland

    3.5 / 8

    2725

    ½

    0

    ½

    ½

    0

    ½

    ½

    1

    11

    Mamedyarov

    3.0 / 8

    2817

    0

    0

    ½

    ½

    ½

    ½

    ½

    ½

    12

    Rapport

    3.0 / 8

    2731

    0

    ½

    0

    ½

    ½

    ½

    ½

    ½

    13

    Van Foreest

    2.5 / 8

    2612

    0

    0

    0

    ½

    0

    1

    1

    0

    14

    Kramnik

    2.0 / 8

    2777

    ½

    0

    0

    0

    ½

    0

    ½

    ½

     

    You can see the memorable games below

     

    [pgn parameter=value...]

    [Event "Wijk aan Zee"]
    [Site "Wijk aan Zee"]
    [Date "2019.01.20"]
    [Round "8"]
    [White "Carlsen, Magnus"]
    [Black "Rapport, Richard"]
    [Result "1-0"]
    [WhiteElo "2835"]
    [BlackElo "2731"]
    [PlyCount "79"]
    [EventDate "2019.??.??"]

    1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 e6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nc6 5. Nc3 Qc7 6. g3 a6 7. Bg2 Nf6 8. O-O
    d6 9. Nxc6 bxc6 10. Na4 Rb8 11. c4 c5 12. b3 Be7 13. Bb2 O-O 14. Qe1 Nd7 15.
    Rd1 Bb7 16. Qc3 Bf6 17. Qd2 Be7 18. Qc3 Bf6 19. Qd2 Be7 20. f4 e5 21. Bc3 Bc6
    22. Ba5 Qb7 23. Nc3 exf4 24. gxf4 Rfe8 25. e5 Bxg2 26. Qxg2 dxe5 27. Nd5 e4 28.
    Bc3 f6 29. Kh1 Kh8 30. Rg1 Bf8 31. Ne3 Qc6 32. Rd5 Qe6 33. Rh5 Qf7 34. Qh3 g6
    35. Rh4 Rb6 36. f5 Ne5 37. Nd5 Rd6 38. fxg6 Nxg6 39. Bxf6+ Rxf6 {Diagram #} 40.
    Rxh7+ (40. Rxh7+ Qxh7 41. Qxh7+ Kxh7 42. Nxf6+ Kg7 43. Nxe8+ Kf7 44. Nc7 $18)
    1-0
    [/pgn]

     

    [pgn parameter=value...]

    [Event "Wijk aan Zee"]
    [Site "Wijk aan Zee"]
    [Date "2019.01.20"]
    [Round "8"]
    [White "Anand, Viswanathan"]
    [Black "Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar"]
    [Result "1-0"]
    [WhiteElo "2773"]
    [BlackElo "2817"]
    [PlyCount "57"]
    [EventDate "2019.??.??"]

    1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. e5 c5 4. dxc5 e6 5. Nf3 Bxc5 6. a3 Ne7 7. Bd3 Ng6 8. O-O
    O-O 9. Nbd2 Nc6 10. b4 Bb6 11. Bxg6 fxg6 12. Nb3 Bd7 13. Re1 a5 14. b5 Ne7 15.
    a4 Rc8 16. Be3 Bxe3 17. Rxe3 Nf5 18. Rd3 g5 19. h3 b6 20. c4 Rxc4 21. Rxd5 Rf7
    22. Rd3 g4 23. Nfd2 Rb4 24. hxg4 Ne7 25. Nf3 Nd5 26. Nbd4 Rf4 27. Nc2 Rbe4 28.
    Rxd5 exd5 29. Qxd5+ 1-0
    [/pgn]

     

    We have a lot ofround ahead of us and everything can happen. The tournament will be fascinated!

    You can visit the official website here.

  3. RCA Year Offers

     

    … “xmas”. And also, the 60% discount on your second purchase (which will be provided by our Support Team) has been extended to January 4th.

     

    We have decided to end the year 2018 and start the New Year 2019 with a bang – we’ve decided to create a course about one of the most popular, if not the most, chess players – Mikhail Tal! He had a daring style of play, which was very intimidating for those who played against him. 

     

    Why a course about Tal?

    What to expect from this course?

    2 Best games of Tal

     

    Find them all here!

  4. Tata Steel Chess India

     

    ...this article withlot of sharp positions.

     

    Tata Steel Chess India blitz tournament took place in Kolkata and Viswanathan Anand manages to won it at the end. In thetournament he tied with Hikaru Nakamura with 12.5/18 but in his finalmatch he managed towon his opponent.

     

    Anand said: "I'm really, really happy. There's something about winning an event that's just extra special.To win this tournament, and to win it at home, is amazing."

     

     

    Black to play and win

    Can you find the best move in the position which secures a significantcounter play for black?

     

     

    Praggnanandhaa, the third youngest GM in history, got a great opportunity to fight it out with the best players in the business | Photo: Amruta Mokal

     

     

    This was the first time that Vishy Anand and Praggnanandhaa faced each other in over the board play. Pragg went for an ambitious approach and attacked Vishy's king relentlessly. Anand defended with all his might! What happened next? Who won the game? Check out the game below to find out!

     

    [spvideo]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9tnLXvr6cLM[/spvideo]

     

    [pgn parameter=value...]

    [Event "Kolkata IND"]
    [Site "Kolkata IND"]
    [Date "2018.11.13"]
    [Round "6.5"]
    [White "Praggnanandhaa, R."]
    [Black "Anand, Viswanathan"]
    [Result "0-1"]
    [WhiteElo "2530"]
    [BlackElo "2773"]
    [PlyCount "98"]
    [EventDate "2018.??.??"]

    1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. a3 $5 g6 $1 {Black would
    like to put in safety his King and then tocounter attack the queen-side.} 7.
    Be2 Bg7 8. Be3 O-O 9. Qd2 b5 10. O-O-O Bb7 11. f3 Nbd7 12. h4 Ne5 $6 (12... Rc8
    $5 {Rook-c8 was a more precise move.}) 13. Bh6 Bxh6 14. Qxh6 Rc8 15. g4 (15. h5
    $5) 15... Rxc3 $1 16. bxc3 Qa5 17. Nf5 gxf5 18. gxf5 Qxc3 19. Rdg1+ Ng6 20.
    fxg6 fxg6 21. h5 Bxe4 22. fxe4 Qa1+ 23. Kd2 Nxe4+ 24. Ke3 Qc3+ 25. Bd3 Qd2+ 26.
    Kxe4 Qxh6 27. hxg6 Qf4+ 28. Kd5 h6 29. g7 Rc8 30. Ke6 d5 31. Rg6 Rc6+ 32. Kxe7
    Rxg6 (32... Qf7+ $1 33. Kd8 Rxg6 34. Bxg6 Qxg6 $19) 33. Bxg6 Kxg7 34. Bd3 Qe5+
    35. Kd7 h5 36. Rg1+ Kf6 37. Rg6+ Kf7 38. Rh6 a5 39. Kc6 b4 40. axb4 axb4 41.
    Kd7 Kg7 42. Re6 Qd4 43. Ke8 Qg4 44. Ke7 h4 45. Be2 Qg5+ 46. Kd6 h3 47. Re7+ Kf8
    48. Re5 Qf6+ 49. Kxd5 h2 0-1


    [/pgn]

     

    Final Ranking after round 18:

     

    Viswanathan Anand beats Hikaru Nakamura 1.5-0.5 in the tiebreak to claim the title.

     

    Rank

     

    Points

    Rating

    1

     Anand, Viswanathan

    12½

    2786

    2

     Nakamura, Hikaru

    12½

    2893

    3

     Aronian, Levon

    12

    2854

    4

     So, Wesley

    10

    2771

    5

     Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar

    8

    2808

    6

     Vidit, Santosh Gujrathi

    8

    2727

    7

     Harikrishna, Pentala

    8

    2706

    8

     Karjakin, Sergey

    2836

    9

     Ganguly, Surya Shekhar

    6

    2547

    10

     Praggnanandhaa R

    2366

     

     

    Grandmaster Hikaru Nakamura won the rapid part of the tournament in Kolkata. | Photo: Lennart Ootes/Tata SteelChesss India.

     

    Final Standings Rapid

     

    Rank

     

    Points

    Rating

    1

     Nakamura, Hikaru

    6

    2844

    2

     Harikrishna, Pentala

    2743

    3

     Aronian, Levon

    2802

    4

     So, Wesley

    5

    2808

    5

     Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar

    5

    2794

    6

     Karjakin, Sergey

    2792

    7

     Anand, Viswanathan

    4

    2737

    8

     Vidit, Santosh Gujrathi

    4

    2660

    9

     Nihal Sarin

    3

    2127

    10

     Ganguly, Surya Shekhar

    2608

     

     

    The official tournament page is here.

  5. Woman World Championship 2018

     

    ...can perform the majority attack, however, Blackhave an unexpected tactical blow here.

     

    Black to play and win material

     

    You can see the game blow.

     

    [pgn parameter=value...]

    [Event "WWCC 2018"]
    [Site "Khanty-Mansiysk, RUS"]
    [Date "2018.11.15"]
    [Round "30.1"]
    [White "Kosteniuk Alexandra (RUS)"]
    [Black "Ju Wenjun (CHN)"]
    [Result "0-1"]
    [ECO "C07"]
    [WhiteElo "2543"]
    [BlackElo "2568"]
    [PlyCount "154"]
    [EventDate "2018.??.??"]

    1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nd2 c5 4. exd5 Qxd5 5. dxc5 Qxc5 6. Ngf3 Nf6 7. Bd3 Be7 8.
    O-O Nbd7 9. a4 Qc7 10. Nb3 b6 11. a5 Bb7 12. a6 Bd5 13. Nbd4 Rd8 14. Qe2 O-O
    15. c4 Ba8 16. Nb5 Qb8 17. Nfd4 Nc5 18. Bc2 {Diagram #} Nxa6 $1 19. Be3 (19.
    Rxa6 Qb7 20. Ra1 $4 (20. Nc6 $1 Qxc6 21. f3) 20... Qxg2#) 19... Rd7 20. f3 Nb4
    21. Ba4 Bc5 22. Rad1 Rfd8 23. Qf2 Qc8 24. Nc3 Nc6 25. Nxc6 Bxc6 26. Bxc5 bxc5
    27. Rxd7 Bxd7 28. Bc2 Be8 29. Rd1 Rxd1+ 30. Bxd1 h6 31. Qe3 Qc7 32. Bc2 Qd6 33.
    Ne2 Bc6 34. Nc3 Nd7 35. b3 a5 36. Ne2 Bb7 37. Qc3 Qc7 38. Qd3 Nf6 39. Nc3 Bc6
    40. Qe3 Qd6 41. Ne2 Bd7 42. Nc3 Qd4 43. Kf2 Kf8 44. Ne2 Qxe3+ 45. Kxe3 Ke7 46.
    Nc3 Kd6 47. g3 Bc6 48. Bd1 Nd7 49. f4 f5 50. g4 Nf6 51. h3 Bg2 52. gxf5 Bxh3
    53. fxe6 Bxe6 54. Bf3 Bf5 55. Kd2 h5 56. Nb5+ Kd7 57. Nc3 h4 58. Ke3 Ke6 59.
    Bd1 g6 60. Na4 Kd6 61. Nc3 Nh5 62. Bf3 h3 63. Nd5 h2 64. Kf2 Bc2 65. Kg2 Bxb3
    66. f5 Bxc4 67. Ne3 Bf7 68. fxg6 Nf4+ 69. Kxh2 Nxg6 70. Bd1 Ke5 71. Kg3 Kd4 72.
    Kf2 Ne5 73. Nf5+ Kc3 74. Nd6 Bd5 75. Nb5+ Kd2 76. Ba4 Bc6 77. Kg3 Bxb5 0-1


    [/pgn]