Missed a Shot Here

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I just finished playing in an online tournament hosted by my friend GM Elshan Moradiabadi, and in round one I had this position with Black (me) to move.

Here I saw that I was going to have a fork on d3 after exchanging twice on h3, so as a result I missed the crushing 22…Rf2. White can’t save the queen with a move such as 23.Qg1 as that allows a mate in one with 23…Nd3#

Therefore White would have to trade the queen for the rook.

Ah well. I did win the game after playing horribly early on. In fact, I played poorly all tournament long, but still won all four of my games and took third.

Here is the entire game.

Til Next Time,

Chris Wainscott

Smothered Mate!

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Yesterday I played in a rapid event and this position occurred in one of my games:

My opponent plays 20…Qh4 and I see the glimmer of a trap. So I play 21.Qd7 and my opponent falls right into the trap by snapping off the “free” bishop with 21…Qxf4??

White to play and win.

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If you found the smothered mate with 22.Qe6+ Kh8 23.Nf7+ Kg8 24.Nh6++ Kh8 25.Qg8+ Rxg8 26.Nf7# then give yourself a round of applause!

Til Next Time,

Chris Wainscott

Opening Blunder

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Believe it or not I’ve actually been working extremely hard on my openings. Mostly as Black, however.

So yesterday in an online rapid tournament organized by my friend GM Elshan Moradiabadi I found myself navigating through the opening by playing on autopilot.

In doing so we reached this position. Black to move and win a piece. I saw it instantly after my move and was just waiting to hit resign. Luckily my opponent didn’t see it.

My opponent was also playing on autopilot and so just played the automatic looking 7…Bb4

However, Black can win a piece with the simple 7…d4. If White moves the knight away then Black plays 8…Bb4 winning the queen.

Sometimes it’s better to be lucky than good.

Til Next Time,

Chris Wainscott

Ceci N’est Pas une Lune

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Many of you will hopefully be familiar with the Star Wars reference above.

In this case my opponent thought in a blitz game just now that he was trading pawns. Here’s the position a couple of moves prior:

Of course trading my a pawn for his c pawn does leave me with a passed pawn, so already I’m happy.

After 17.Bxc6 Bxa2 I now play 18.Ba4 to keep my opponents bishop off of b3. The problem with the bishop making it to b3 is that it controls d1 and therefore forces me to give up the d file.

My opponent here mistakenly plays 18…Bb3 anyway which loses a piece after 19.Bxb3.

My opponent seems to think it’s just a trade and so first exchanges rooks with 19…Rxd1 20.Rxd1 Rxb3

But of course I now play 21.Rd8+ Bf8 22.Bh6 and there’s no escaping the mate.

Here is the entire game:

Til Next Time,

Chris Wainscott

Nice Finish to My Blitz Game

Here’s the end to a game I just played. I’m Black and it’s my move…

Here’s the entire game:

Til Next Time,

Chris Wainscott

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Puzzle of the Day 8/11/19

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Chris Wainscott

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Puzzle of the Day 8/10/19

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Chris Wainscott

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Puzzle of the Day 8/09/19

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Chris Wainscott

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Puzzle of the Day 8/08/19

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Chris Wainscott

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Puzzle of the Day 8/07/19

Til Next Time,

Chris Wainscott

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