Yesterday I won this game at the Marshall Chess Club.
Category: Blogs , Tactics , The Chess Mind
From the very important 6th round game between Ivan Cheparinov and Hrant Melkumyan. Here is the position:
White to move and win? See if anything comes to mind, and be sure to double-check your work before looking at the solution (and the game) here.
Of course the Candidates tournament is the biggest deal, but that’s still a few days away. Right now the biggest event is the European Championship, and Alexander Motylev is in clear first with 5.5/6; five rounds remain. There’s also the unusual festival in Brazil that saw Magnus Carlsen win the first stage; the second is ongoing. There’s the “Battle of the Americas“, which is a part rapid, part blitz match between Leinier Dominguez of Cuba and Ray Robson of the United States. (In Saturday’s action both players won with Black, first Robson and then Dominguez.) Cappelle la Grande finished in a tie for first between Axel Bachmann and Sergei Azarov (if there was a first place settled by tiebreak it would have been won by Bachmann). Finally, the quite strong 10-round Reykjavik Open is six rounds in, and Dutch GMs Robin van Kampen and Erwin l’Ami are sharing the lead with Bassem Amin of Egypt; all three have 5.5 points. Eight players are half a point behind with 5/6, including Walter Browne. A pleasant blast from the past!
Here are some excerpts from Magnus Carlsen, Alexander Grischuk and other elite players on the upcoming Candidates tournament, on the interesting new chess portal chess24.com. I’ll have more to say about the site soon, but it looks pretty promising – there are contributions from Peter Svidler, Viswanathan Anand (though his material is aimed for semi-novice crowd), Artur Yusupov (or “Jussupow” in the German spelling), Jan Gustafsson and other strong players.