Puzzle for July 24, 2018

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Til Next Time,

Chris Wainscott

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1… Bh4 2. Qxe4 Bxg3+ 3. Kxg3 Bxe4 0-1

Puzzle for July 23, 2018

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1. Ne7 1-0

Puzzle for July 22, 2018

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1. Nd6 exd6 2. cxd6 1-0

Puzzle for July 21, 2018

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1… Rg4 0-1

These Guys Want to Meet a GM. Let’s Help Them!

I think that for those of us who may live or play in areas that have a relatively high population density of Grandmasters we get to a point where we are almost taking them for granted.

We see them at tournaments.  Attend their lectures.  Perhaps take lessons from them.  They are our friends/coaches etc.

But it’s not like that for everyone.  And really, if you’re one of the lucky ones like me who interacts with GM’s all the time it wasn’t always like that for you either.

Think back to a time when you had started playing but hadn’t yet met a Grandmaster.  The first time you were in a room with one you were probably trying to make sure that this wasn’t just a dream.  I personally was almost pinching myself in awe.

It was like being in the same room with a mythical being, if for no other reason than it was something that I never was sure would ever really happen.

Well, for these guys it’s like that right now.  They want a GM to come to their club and give a lecture/simul, but they can’t do it on their own.

https://www.gofundme.com/sponsorship-of-chess-grandmaster

The club is http://charlestonchess.org/

You can tell by their MSA page that they’re a small organization.  These are exactly

S0 I’m asking everyone who reads this to just do something.  Even $1 would be massive if enough people stepped up.

To you $1 is practically nothing.  To these guys a GM is everything.

Let’s do this for them!  I’m committed enough that I gave $50 and I’m currently not even working.  For me this represents 25% of the money I set aside for personal entertainment while I look for a new job.

Help me help them.  The chess community as a whole will be richer for it.

Til Next Time,

Chris Wainscott

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Puzzle for July 20, 2018

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1. Bxf7+ Kh8 (1… Rxf7 2. Qd8+ Rf8 3. Rxg7+ Kxg7 4. Qxa5) 1-0

Puzzle for July 19, 2018

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1… Rd7 2. Qe3 Nf4 0-1

Puzzle for July 18, 2018

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1. Qe5 f6 2. Bd5+ Kh8 3. Qxf6 Rg8 4. Re7 1-0

Puzzle for July 17, 2018

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1. Be7 Bxe7 2. Rxe5 1-0

Blunderfest Blitz Game

It’s 7:32am as I start to type this.  I’ve been awake a bit over three hours for some unknown reason, and the two Red Bulls aren’t working.

So what should I do?  Play blitz of course!

So I played a game on lichess which was a festival of blunders by both sides.  Here are the highlights.

Here my opponent has just played 21.Qh5.  Clearly he’s hoping to mate me, but the e pawn is also hanging.  However, I decide to defend the mate threat first with 21…h6 when 21…Qe7 saves the e pawn and I can still  stop any mate threats my opponent tries to make.

However, instead of taking the e pawn they play 22.Rg3.  Uh oh…my h pawn is hanging to a tactic.

So I play 22…Kh8 instead of 22…Qd6 which saves the e pawn and the h pawn.

A few moves later this position is reached.

My opponent misses the simple 26.Nxd4, which wins a pawn.

As you can see by the complete game here, those weren’t the only blunders.

Til Next Time,

Chris Wainscott

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