What a tight finish! Tonight's event saw a three way tie for 1st place between RichSmoothPanda, theworldoflegend, and MerryJazz, with all scoring 3 wins for 4 games. MeanCactus got off to an excellent start with a great win in round 1 over the top seed, RichSmoothPanda. theworldoflegend won his first 3 rounds and looked on course for a perfect 4 points when, in the last round, RichSmoothPanda spotted a Mate-in-1 - see below and see if you can find it. I was watching the game and I didn't spot it - it was a great move. MerryJazz recovered from a loss in round 2 to secure 3 points for the event.
But... the player of the day? I think MeanCactus deserves this. He secured excellent wins against both the 1st and 3rd placed players, and only lost to the 2nd and 5th placed players, and in all but one of his games was out graded - so some really excellent results - very well played.
There are two positions below. One is a Mate-in-1 puzzle, and the other is a puzzle where you need work out why a certain move loses the game.
Mate-in-1 - fairly easy - White to play
See if you work out how to find Checkmate in one move in the position below, which is from tonight's event.
Answer: Qe3# (which means move the Queen to e3, and the '#' symbol means Checkmate)
What went wrong? - difficult
In the position below, White has just moved his Queen to e2. Why does this lose the game?
Answer? Well, when I used the ChessKid website to analyse this, there are a few possibilities for Black. The one that was found in the game was as follows (starting at Move 9 for Black):
9: Qxe2+, Bxe2;
Black took the White Queen on e2 with Check. White's only possible response was to take the Black Queen with the Bishop. That left Black able to take the pawn on c2, thereby attacking both the White King and a1 Rook. About to lose the Rook, White resigned.
When White put Queen on e2, Black might have immediately played Nxc2, forking the Rook and King. It would probably have worked as well, or almost as well.
Very well played if you found these moves.
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