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Missed Chess Tactics

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Svidler (2752) - Brunello (2615), 2013
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FEN: 3brr1k/1b1n1ppp/2qp1n2/1pp1pN2/1P2P3/3PBN2/B1PQ1PPP

Peter played bc here and won the game rather comfortably. However, he had an even stronger continuation at his disposal. Can you spot it?

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Carlsen - Anand: game three drawn

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In game 3 Magnus Carlsen chose the same unambitious opening (1.Nf3) as in game one. White went for a Sicilian Dragon reversed setup, while Viswanathan Anand employed what GM Robert Fontaine referred to as a "Russian old school plan": planted a pawn on d4, took control over the e-file and started putting pressure on e2. Additionally, he had a queenside pawn majority attack coming.

With Carlsen's queen being stuck on h1, he got into time trouble and went for a risky and suspicious 28.e3 continuation. Vishy could have taken the pawn on b2 with a serious advantage, but instead he decided to limit White's counter-chances and try to launch an attack, relying on his two bishops and tactive heavy pieces. However, something went wrong for him before the time control: the World Chess Champion lost an important pawn and found himself on the defensive in the Q+B endgame. The game ended in a draw on move 51.

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So far one can note that Carlsen is not being able to pose any problems for Anand. However, Vishy seems to be playing it too safely, which has prevented him from scoring a full point today. Both players have a reason to be disappointed. Now who has the stronger nerves and will?

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David vs. Goliath: Upsets of the Week

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By candidate master Peter Zhdanov, editor of Pogonina.com

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In this special weekly column we will be looking at the most unexpected upsets that happened last week. Players usually face opponents of a similar level. Considerably less frequent are situations when a significantly lower-rated player succeeds in beating a much stronger adversary.

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European Team Chess Championship, Round 5 Odds

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Hungary vs. France


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European Team Chess Championship, Round 4 Odds

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France vs. Czech Republic



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Sunday Puzzle-56

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Puzzle courtesy of Barry R. Clarke, columnist for The Daily Telegraph and international puzzle expert
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Whose pet is it?

Anita, Ben, Chuck, Debbie, Eliza and Fred owned a budgerigar, cat, dog, fish, parrot and owl though not necessarily in that order.

 

(1)   Elizas neighbour, who was not Ben, owned the parrot

(2)   Fred did not own a flying creature

(3)   The budgerigar owner lived next to Debbie

(4)   Ben did not own a four-legged pet

(5)   Both the owl and cat owners lived across the street from Eliza who lived next to the budgerigar owner

(6)   The owl and budgerigar owners lived at the opposite end of the street to Anita and Ben

 

Can you find the correct pet for each owner?

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Anand-Carlsen, Game 2 Drawn

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1.e4 by Anand was the first mild suprise of the day. However, Carlsen replied with the Caro-Cann defence, which he hasn't employed since 2011 (Karjakin (2776) - Carlsen (2815), Bazna Kings, draw).

On move 14 Vishy deviated from his recent 2013 game against Ding Liren (which Anand won) and played 14.0-0-0 instead of 14.Qe2. On move 16 Carlsen straightforwardly traded knights (Ne5, a novelty, technically speaking) and also quees one move later. White obtained a very minor advantage in the endgame due to having more space and better attacking prospects on the kingside, but it wasn't something sizeable. On move 25 a draw by repetition occurred.

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Natalia referred to the first two games of the match as a "staring contest". Ian Robinson replied by tweeting her the following hilarious video. Enjoy:



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European Team Chess Championship, Round 3 Odds

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France vs. Ukraine


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Winning Tactics

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By GM Kevin Spraggett, Canada, FIDE 2544
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GM Alsina,D

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From the recently finished Barcelona Magistral tournament.  Position after 28 moves.  White has a menacing position on the Kingside and for this reason Alsina decided to offer the exchange on e6.  Alsinas idea is that if now 29.BxR PxB he might soon get some threats along the long diagonal with d4 and Qc6.  Atleast White would have to scale back his offensive and Black would still be kicking


HOWEVER, the tournament winner was not willing to surrender the initiative!  He chose another line of attackdo you see it?


WHAT IS WHITES STRONGEST PLAY?

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Carlsen - Anand, Game 1 Drawn

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In game 1 Magnus Carlsen had White. He opened up with 1.Nf3, but it clearly didn't catch Viswanathan Anand off guard. The World Chess Champion equalized easily and drew the game on move 16.

During the press conference both players acted like nothing special has happened, but the outcome of the game is clearly a small moral victory for Anand, because, according to the opinion of most experts, Carlsen will by trying to exhaust Anand by playing long and "boring" games, hoping to capitalize on the Norwegian's legendary endgame skills.

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