Archive for December, 2013

World Team Chess Big-Fight Draw: Vladimir Kramnik – Mohamed Ezat 1/2-1/2

Russia has won the World Team Chess Championship 2013 with a solid performance. Here is a game from the last round that nearly gave Russia the jitters towards the end, but all credit to Vladimir Kramnik to keep pushing for a win and Mohamed Ezat of Egypt to keep the score down to a draw. An exciting big fight, worth-a-watch chess game. Read a full report, on Chess Blog, about Russia winning the World Team Chess Championship 2013 in Antalya, Turkey this week.

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Blink-of-an-eye Checkmate in Two: White Plays

Here is a neat checkmate in two. How can White win quickly in two moves?

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World Team Chess 2013 (The Queen Trap): Ian Nepomniachtchi – Yuriy Kryvoruchko 1-0

40. … Qa1, Would you know how to trap the Black Queen?

Ian Nepomniachtchi fetched Russia a crucial win on the fourth board at the World Team Chess Championship 2013 in Antalya during Round 8. Can you say why Black’s 40. … is a blunder? A Round 8 report is available at Chess Blog.

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Real-Fast Chess Puzzle: White Checkmates in Two

How fast can you solve this chess puzzle? It’s just a checkmate in two!

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Quick Chess Puzzle: What’s White’s Winning Move in Etienne Bacrot vs Lother Vogt

A puzzle with a magic chess move. What is White’s biggest chance at winning this position from the game Etienne Bacrot vs Lother Vogt, Arusa, 1996.

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Difficult Chess Study by A. Troitzky, 1923: White wins

Here is a cool chess study by A. Troitzky, 1923 in which White traps the Bishop to win. How should White play this? It is a bit difficult, but if you are up to long challenges this Monday, give it a shot based on the logic that White can win if one of the Rooks gets exchanged and White can use the other Rook to pick up the Bishop for free. You can replay the solution in the Chess king applet below.

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World Chess Team Championship 2013: Sergey Karjakin – Igor Khemkin 1-0 in Berlin 4.d3

Still thinking about the Berlin from the Anand – Carlsen World Chess Championship 2013 in Chennai? Here’s another top game from the World Chess Team Championship that is currently being played in Antalya, Turkey. Sergey Karjakin beat Igor Khenkin in the Berlin 4.d3. Carlsen used Berlin in Game 4, Game 6, Game 7. Anand used it in Game 8 at the World Chess Championship. Official website of the World Chess Team Championship 2013.

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World Chess Team Championship 2013: Hikaru Nakamura – Li Chao 1-0

The World Chess Team Championship 2013 is being played in Antalya, Turkey. Five rounds have been played and Ukraine leads with 10 match points. In second place is Russia with 7 match points. Here is a nice game from the US versus China match between Hikaru Nakamura and Li Chao B in the Reti-turned-English system. Enjoy a chess Sunday.
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