Thanks to all who played tonight. We had the most players that we have had so far on a Tuesday night which was great to see.
In the U1200 event there was a three way tie for First place with JamesBlyth, ORichards, and MeanCactus all finishing on 3 out of 4 and with each only losing in a game against one of the other two, so this was a close as it gets.
Joint 1st: James Blyth ORichards MeanCactus
In the Open event, it was a tough evening for all with a lot of the top players competing. Rowantree secured victory with 4 wins from 4 games. There was a three way tie for second place between GlumSuddenBacon, RichSmoothPanda, and rafcalum.
Joint 2nd: GlumSuddenBacon RichSmoothPanda rafcalum
Problem 1: Mate in 1
Tonight's first problem is a Mate in 1 comes from the game between MadWiryTank and JamesBlyth. The position is taken from Move 30, black to play. In game, Black played Rf4 and did go on to win a number of moves later. However, he could have won immediately, in one move - can you see how? If you have a ChessKid login, you can see the whole game at: https://www.chesskid.com/fastchess/game/24901494.
Answer: 30. …; Qxd3
With the Bishop supporting the Queen, there is nowhere for the White King to run.
Problem 2: Win the Queen - difficult
Tonight's second position comes from a game between ZanyHummingBook and RichSmoothPanda. How can White win Black's Queen? This is taken from the position after Black's turn at move 34, and it is White to play. If you have a ChessKid login you can see the whole game here: https://www.chesskid.com/fastchess/game/24901693.
Answer: 35. Rf8+
Black's only options are:
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