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GM Swapnil Dhopade

GM Swapnil Dhopade

Headcoach - Chess Pathshala

  1. September 15, 2020

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NAKAMURA, HIKARU vs. CARLSEN, MAGNUS Saint Louis Rapid and Blitz 2020

Hello Dear Readers,

The Saint Louis Rapid and Blitz has begun featuring some top class players including the World Champion! 

In the very first game, Magnus Carlsen took on his all time fierce rival Nakamura. The game began with Caro-Kann where Nakamura played some exceptional moves in the initial phase to gain momentum by sacrificing a pawn but later missed a chance to capitalize. 

Position after 22...g6. White played 23.Qe4? which led to a negative position. Can you find a better continuation?


Black to play.


White to play!


White to play!


Black to play and win!


A good game! I hope you enjoyed it. Stay tuned.

Solution: 

Wesely,So - Caruana,Fabi, Chess 960

In this game, Caruana played Kc5? which missed the chance to win immediately.

1… Bxf3 2. Kxf3 Kd6 3. Kg3 Ke5 4. Kxh3 Ke4 5. Kg4 Kxe3 6. Kf5 d4!

(6… Kd2? 7. Ke5 Kc2 8. Kxd5 Kxb2 9. c4 Kxa2 10. c5 bxc5 11. Kxc5 =)

7. cxd4 Kxd4 8. Ke6 Kd3 9. Kd7 Kc2 10. b4 Kb2 11. Kc7 Kxa2 12. Kb7 Ka3 13. Kxa7

(13. b5 Kb4 14. Ka6 Ka4 15. Kxa7 Kxb5 ) 13… b5 -+

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