Young Canadian chess talent…

A PASSION FOR CHESS AND FOR LIFE!

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14-year old chess talent Ashley Tapp  (Link) 

Ashley was the first Canadian girl to use the social media to try to get sponsorship for her chess ambitions.  Today the young lady is doing something amazing: having  moved to Budapest to further her chess training, Ashley has become a model for all other young girls all over the world with a PASSION for chess.  And for LIFE!

 

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 All of my blog readers wish Ashley the very best!

Tuesday’s 5-second tactics

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im  Vehi Bach, Victor 

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im  Rodriguez Guerrero, Enrique

Ch Spain  Merida 2005.8.28  The position after 33 moves of play. Games between attacking players almost always end violently. Here White has every piece aimed towards the Black monarch. Your task is to discover how to put Black away…with the old ‘one-two punch!’

WHITE TO PLAY AND WIN!

 

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Dorst, Johannes

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gm   Kohlweyer, Bernd

25th Czech Open Pardubice 2014.7.21  Position after 23 moves of play.  White has control of the d-file and a dangerous passed e-pawn.  Together they form a lethal team.

 

WHITE TO PLAY AND WIN!

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Ch Spain  Merida 2005.8.28 Rodriguez Guerrero Enrique –Vehi Bach Victor M :34.Bxg6! Rxg6 35.Rf8+!! 1-0

25th Czech Open Pardubice 2014.7.21 Kohlweyer, Bernd–Dorst, Johannes: 24.Rd7! Be3+ 25.Kf1 Rxd7 26.Rxd7 1-0  Black loses his Queen

Today’s chess videos

Good morning, Monday!  The first video is a shorty commercial about ‘CHESS’ underwear.  I had no idea that there was even such a brand! 

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The next video is an odd thing about a man and a woman playing chess in the old soviet style, what ever that may be!  I love the part where she says ‘CHECK!’  So sexy…

Today’s 5-second tactics!

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“Time is a storm in which we are all lost.”  
―     William Carlos Williams

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gm  Savchenko,Boris

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gm  Jobava,Baadur

Bronstein Mem Open.   Minsk 2014.2.15  Position after 32 moves of play.  White has played very creatively (like Bronstein in his youth!) and aggressively sacrificing an exchange.  The Black King is without pawn shelter, for the moment covered only by a Rook; but more reinforcements are on their way…Jobava must take immediate action!

WHITE TO PLAY AND WIN!

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gm  Ehlvest,Jan

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gm  Tiviakov,Sergei

Bronstein Mem Open  Minsk 2014.2.14   Position after 34 moves of play.  The theme is ‘passed pawns’.  Unfortunately for Black, the White pawn on a7 is so much more dangerous than Black’s passers in the centre.  Add to this the consideration that Black’s pieces are terribly disorganized (the Queen is NOT a good blockader), and we should not be too surprised with what happens next…

WHITE TO PLAY AND WIN!

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im  Crouch, Colin

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Dorrington, Chris

4NCL 2014.2.15    Position after 16 moves of play.  Black has played badly the opening and now his Kingside is threatened with being over run.  White must proceed accurately, as rushing things with 17. Qh3?!, then 17…RxN!  followed by 18…Ne6 allows Black to put up stiff resistance. 

HOW DOES WHITE WIN QUICKLY?

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SOLUTIONS

Bronstein Mem Open  Minsk 2014.2.15  Jobava, Baadur–Savchenko, Boris:  33.Bg6!! Qxg6 34.Qh8+ Kf7 35.Rf1+ 1-0

Bronstein Mem Open  Minsk 2014.2.14  Tiviakov, Sergei–Ehlvest, Jaan: 35.Qxc8!! Qxc8 36.Bxc7 Qa8 37.Bxd8  With three pieces for the Queen and the Black Pawns blocked, Black can only sit and wait. 37… d4 38.Bc7 1-0  As Fischer would have described it, ‘’The rest is mopping up’’  Black threw in the towel.

4NCL 2014.2.15   Dorrington, Chris –Crouch, Colin:  17.Nxg6!! hxg6  and now the simplest continuation  18.Qh3! eyeing heading to h8.  There is no defence and Black can only delay the inevitable by giving away his pieces

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