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Sunday, May 11, 2014

Fighting for initiative - Multi-Purpose Move

Cabanas – Jiganchine, 2000
image White to Move
Find the strongest move, that serves multiple purposes:

  1. Helps to transfer the White queen to the 'h' file
  2. Threatens to open up the center
  3. Threatens to support the g6 pawn with other pawns.

For the solution - watch the video.

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Tactics of the Month – April Edition is out

As I am continuing with Tactics of the Month Series - Over 50 best combinations of April are now available for your solving pleasure as an ebook here.
The highlight of April 2014 was the Vugar Gashimov Memorial held in Shamkir, Azerbaijan. It was won by the World Champion Magnus Carlsen, who despite losing two games, scored 6.5/10. Caruana was second with 5.5 points.
The other major tournaments this month were the Women's Rapid and Blitz World Championships held in Khanty-Mansiysk, which were won by Kateryna Lagno and Anna Muzychuk respectively. Earlier that month Khanty-Mansiysk also hosted the Women's FIDE Grand Prix tournament, won by Hou Yifan, so April was truly a month of Women's chess in that city.
Carlsen – Mamedyarov, 2014
imageWhite to move
The solution is available in the free sample here.

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