How did your chess tactics measure up against some of the world’s top players?
Here are the answers.
Nepomniachtchi – Artemiev
Black played 25 …Re8, missing 26 Ba4! skewering the black rooks (1-0, 59).
Dubov – Artemiev
Black played 33 …Qe4, threatening checkmate on g2. Dubov replied with 34 Bd3, pinning the black queen against her own king. 1-0.
Destroying the Defence
Grischuk – Harikrishna
Grischuk crashed through with 30 Rxe6! and Harikrishna resigned; 1-0. If 30 …Qxf4, then White plays 31 Re8+ before recapturing the queen with 32 Rxf4. If 30 …fxe6 31 Qf7+ leads to a speedy checkmate.
A Major Discovery
Carlsen – Nakamura
Carlsen played 28 Nxh6+! and Nakamura resigned; 1-0. 28 …gxh6 clearly loses the queen to 29 Qxh6; the chess tactic is a discovered attack. 28 …Qxh6 saves the queen but leaves the position hopeless after 29 Bxd5, with attacks against the rook on a8 and the defensive pawn on f7. Black’s entire position will collapse.
Ding – Nakamura
This example does not a feature a chess tactic but shows an important moment in the endgame.
Nakamura’s next move, 60 …Rh1, losing control of the a-file, was a big mistake. After 61 Ra2! White can shield his king from checks, leaving the way open for his pawn to promote. 61 …Rb1 62 Ka7 and 1-0, as Black can only stop the pawn promotion by sacrificing his rook for the pawn.
Caruana – Giri
More chess tactics! Giri played the fine move 26 …Rc4+! and Caruana resigned; 0-1. The rook forks the white king and knight, so if 27 Kd1 or 27 Kb2 then 27 …Rxc5 leaves Black a piece ahead. Unfortunately for White, 27 bxc4 allows 27 …Rb1 checkmate!
Just imagine if you had been playing against one or more of the players in the positions above and you managed to find the winning moves. Maybe one day you will!