Puzzle for August 26, 2018

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Chris Wainscott

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1. Bxb5 Rhd8 (1… Bxb5 2. Nb7#) 2. Bxc6 Nxc5 3. Bb5 Ne4 4. Rxc8 Rxc8 5. Rd7#
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Puzzle for August 25, 2018

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1. Bxh6 Rxf3 2. Rxg6+ Kh7 3. Rg7+ Kh8 4. Rh7+ Kxh7 5. Qg7# 1-0

Puzzle for August 24, 2018

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1. Nh5 g6 2. Bf4 1-0

Puzzle for August 23, 2018

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1. Nxf6 Qxe2 2. Ng8# 1-0

An Excellent Example of Manuevering

I’ve been looking through a ton of GM games lately for various reasons, and in doing so I stumbled across this gem of a game.

The game features a lot of maneuvering with opposite colored bishops until this position is reached:

Here White takes advantage of the opportunity to get queens off while winning a pawn and gaining a mass of center pawns in the process.

After further maneuvering this position appears on the board:

Here Black commits the critical error by playing 69…Bf1, moving the bishop to a square where it doesn’t factor into the defense of the h3-c8 diagonal.  After a few more deft maneuvers on White’s part Black quickly finds his king tied to the defense of a pawn and White’s pawns marauding.

This game is a very Carlsenesque example of how to maneuver until your opponent makes a slight slip which then becomes exploitable.

Here is the entire game.

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Chris Wainscott

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Puzzle for August 22, 2018

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Chris Wainscott

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1… Rh4 2. h3 (2. g3 Qxg3+ 3. hxg3 Rh1#) 2… Rxh3 0-1

All Things Must Pass

So I went on quite a run of tactical success with chesstempo.

I solved 29 straight correctly, then finally missed one a few minutes ago.

I do like to solve them rated sometimes to try to work my way up to harder problems.  The only issue I have with them is that often the value for success is little and the punishment for failure is high.

My best guess is that you need a success rate of around 70% just to stay level with where you are.

Either way, one thing I noticed as the streak took hold was that I was giving in to the temptation to guess far less frequently.

I was doing my best to calculate as precisely as I could.  Hopefully that sticks and is a thing now.

1
2018-08-22 11:27:29-05
1641.8
Standard
06:20
01:24
00:39
1664.2 (-3.7)
2
2018-08-22 11:25:55-05
1594.9
Standard
04:06
01:54
00:02
1668.0 (+2.9)
3
2018-08-22 11:23:52-05
1566.6
Standard
02:11
00:29
00:05
1665.1 (+2.7)
4
2018-08-22 11:23:14-05
1518.7
Standard
04:18
03:22
00:02
1662.3 (+2.4)
5
2018-08-22 11:19:09-05
1512.9
Standard
04:44
05:17
00:13
1659.9 (+2.5)
6
2018-08-22 11:13:38-05
1443.7
Standard
01:09
00:11
00:01
1657.5 (+1.9)
7
2018-08-22 11:13:14-05
1378.5
Standard
02:18
00:22
00:04
1655.5 (+1.5)
8
2018-08-21 08:49:35-05
1421.0
Standard
02:37
01:53
01:07
1654.0 (+1.7)
9
2018-08-21 08:47:21-05
1363.1
Standard
01:23
00:17
00:00
1652.3 (+1.4)
10
2018-08-21 08:46:42-05
1429.9
Standard
01:57
00:43
00:04
1650.9 (+2.0)
11
2018-08-21 08:45:44-05
1531.1
Standard
01:12
00:13
00:00
1649.0 (+3.1)
12
2018-08-21 08:45:24-05
1400.7
Standard
01:30
02:09
00:01
1645.8 (+1.9)
13
2018-08-21 08:43:06-05
1580.6
Standard
03:19
01:25
00:37
1643.9 (+4.1)
14
2018-08-21 08:41:29-05
1635.7
Standard
03:31
06:36
00:04
1639.8 (+5.2)
15
2018-08-21 08:34:43-05
1450.1
Standard
02:31
00:50
00:03
1634.6 (+2.8)
16
2018-08-16 12:25:44-05
1410.2
Standard
01:10
00:12
00:01
1631.8 (+1.5)
17
2018-08-16 12:25:20-05
1254.4
Standard
02:17
00:34
00:01
1630.2 (+0.7)
18
2018-08-16 12:24:35-05
1351.3
Standard
01:29
00:23
00:07
1629.5 (+1.2)
19
2018-08-16 12:24:00-05
1494.4
Standard
01:53
00:42
00:03
1628.3 (+2.2)
20
2018-08-16 12:23:11-05
1576.6
Standard
03:30
02:27
00:25
1626.1 (+3.0)
21
2018-08-16 12:20:39-05
1391.7
Standard
01:04
00:33
00:02
1623.1 (+1.5)
22
2018-08-16 12:19:57-05
1191.9
Standard
01:58
00:32
00:05
1621.6 (+0.5)
23
2018-08-16 12:19:16-05
1462.2
Standard
02:16
02:25
00:44
1621.0 (+2.0)
24
2018-08-16 12:16:43-05
1565.7
Standard
01:51
00:38
00:01
1619.0 (+3.0)
25
2018-08-16 12:15:18-05
1657.1
Standard
04:04
03:45
00:47
1616.0 (+4.0)
26
2018-08-16 11:44:33-05
1697.5
Standard
04:48
01:47
00:38
1612.0 (+4.7)
27
2018-08-16 11:42:42-05
1590.5
Standard
02:53
00:52
00:02
1607.3 (+3.7)
28
2018-08-16 11:41:42-05
1558.7
Standard
02:48
01:13
00:38
1603.6 (+3.6)
29
2018-08-16 11:40:03-05
1533.3
Standard
02:38
00:35
00:05
1600.0 (+3.4)
30
2018-08-16 11:39:22-05
1542.9
Standard
02:59
01:02
00:04
1596.6 (+3.7)
31
2018-08-16 11:38:01-05
1535.2
Standard
03:13
06:48
00:00
1592.8 (-5.4)

Til Next Time,

Chris Wainscott

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Puzzle for August 21, 2018

The solution appears at the bottom!

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Chris Wainscott

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Puzzle for August 20, 2018

The solution appears at the bottom!

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Chris Wainscott

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3… Ng4+ 4. Qxg4 Qd6+ 5. g3 Qd2+ 6. Ne2 Rf2+ 7. Kg1 Qe1# 0-1

Puzzle for August 19, 2018

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Chris Wainscott

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The solution to today’s puzzle is:

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1… Re1+ 2. Bf1 Bg2 (2… Be2 $1 {Alternative}) 3. Rxg2 Nh3+ 0-1