Tonight saw a slight drop in numbers, but still saw plenty of really good chess. After some good chess over the last couple of weeks in the Open section, LoudLeanMustang played in the U1350 section tonight and cleaned up with 3 wins from 3 games.
In the Open section, Rowantree secured the victory with a hard fought win over theworldoflegend.
Results - U1350
Results - Open
This week we have a tricky problem which is taken from one of tonight's games. In the position below, black is threatening Checkmate with … Qxg2#. White needs to find a solution to this problem. There are a few moves that white can play, for example, Rf2 will work. However, White not only saved himself from Checkmate, but also found a way to win Black's Queen. In the actual game, White found a solution by sacrificing his Rook to win the Queen in a complicated series of moves. However, there was a very similar but much simpler way to save the King and win the Queen while not sacrificing the Rook - can you find it? If you have a ChessKid login and want to see the game, click on the following link: https://www.chesskid.com/fastchess/game/24763863.
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Solution (from move 23):
23. Qb8+, Kh7
24. Nf8+ forking the King and the Queen, and with the King being forced to move away from the Queen, the Knight will take the Queen and then will be able to get to safety afterwards.
This is not what White actually played - see the game to find out how White won the Queen - it is more complicated, and actually not as good as white loses the Rook in the process. https://www.chesskid.com/fastchess/game/24763863
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