Puzzle for July 15, 2018

The solution appears at the bottom!

Til Next Time,

Chris Wainscott

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The solution to today’s puzzle is:

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1. d6+ Re6 (1… Kh8 2. g4 Qg6 3. Nh4) 2. g4 Qe8 3. Ng5 1-0

Wainscott 1 – Platnick 0

Today I played two G/60 games in Evanston.  The first, which is below, was against a kid rated 1808.  However, he quickly went astray as you will see.  I decided to grab a pawn to see if he would crack, and he immediately gave up a piece.  So yes, he cracked.

Once he blundered the piece I stopped annotating since the rest was uninteresting.

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Puzzle for July 14, 2018

The solution appears at the bottom!

Til Next Time,

Chris Wainscott

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The solution to today’s puzzle is:

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1. Rxc6 Qxc6 2. bxa5+ Kc7 3. Qe5+ Qd6 4. Rc1+ Kd7 5. Qg7+ Ke6 6. Re1+ Kd5 7. Rd1+ 1-0

Puzzle for July 13, 2018

The solution appears at the bottom!

Til Next Time,

Chris Wainscott

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The solution to today’s puzzle is:

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1. Bxf7+ Rxf7 2. Rd8+ Rf8 3. Qb3+ Qf7 4. e6 Qe7 5. Rd7 1-0

Puzzle for July 12, 2018

The solution appears at the bottom!

Til Next Time,

Chris Wainscott

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The solution to today’s puzzle is:

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1. Qxe4+ fxe4 2. Bxe4# 1-0

Puzzle for July 11, 2018

The solution appears at the bottom!

Til Next Time,

Chris Wainscott

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The solution to today’s puzzle is:

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1… Rxc6 2. bxc6 Rb1 0-1

Puzzle for July 10, 2018

The solution appears at the bottom!

Til Next Time,

Chris Wainscott

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The solution to today’s puzzle is:

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1. Nh6+ gxh6 (1… Kh8 2. Nxf7+ Kg8 3. Nxd8 Raxd8 4. Bxf6 gxf6 5. Qxf6 Be7) 2.Bxf6 Bg7 (2… Qxf6 3. Qxf6) 3. Bxd8 1-0

Tactics Update

Here’s an update on the tactics program with 90 days to go.

Date Day Correct/Missed
7/1/2018 Day 1 16/5
7/2/2018 Day 2 16/6
7/3/2018 Day 3 22/4
7/4/2018 Day 4 20/3
7/5/2018 Day 5 11/3
7/6/2018 Day 6 18/3
7/7/2018 Day 7 11/5
7/8/2018 Day 8 12/7
7/9/2018 Day 9 14/5
7/10/2018 Day 10 18/4

Something interesting happened today.  I wound up starting 3/3 but finishing 18/4.  Which is good since perhaps I’m internally disassociating from worry about the score itself and just focusing on the puzzles.

A lot of time I wind up with a gambler mentality and if I miss one or two I suddenly feel myself starting to want to play fast and loose and almost move like I’m playing a blitz game instead of looking at a position which I know has a concrete solution.

This is why I have days like the 11/5 and 12/7 days.  I started off bad and then felt like I was forcing it.

So perhaps this is a breakthrough of sorts.  That would be good!

In the meantime, while I intend to carry on with this task since it’s 15 minutes of random positions, I also intend to start making physical flashcards so I can use the woodpecker method on about 500 or so problems.

All in all I feel like my tactics continue to slowly improve, so that’s a start.

Til Next Time,

Chris Wainscott

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Look Deeper!

Sometimes when you first look at a position you have a candidate move that you would like to play, but it doesn’t appear that it works, so you simply dismiss it.

Here’s a great example of such a position from a game of mine five years ago.

It’s black to move, and I really wanted to play 12…a4 here.  But it looks like it just hangs to the knight, right?

I looked at 12…a4 13.Nxa4

Here of course I can sack the exchange, but I didn’t see a follow up.  Yes, I can win the c pawn with something like 13…Bxc4 14.Bxc4 Nxc4

Without a doubt I’m a bit better here, but the attack is gone.  It didn’t seem like enough so I just tossed 12…a4 aside.

What I should have done was look deeper.  After all, there are other ways of undermining White’s pawn structure which don’t require me to sack the exchange at all.

Had I looked deeper, perhaps I’d have found the following:

Til Next Time,

Chris Wainscott

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Sutovsky Interviews Gelfand, Ivanchuk, Svidler, and More!

If you are like me and enjoy quality interviews with chess personalities then here are some links to some amazing interview that ACP President GM Emil Sutovsky recently conducted.

Boris Gelfand

Anna Muzychuk

Georg Meier

Vassily Ivanchuk

Peter Svidler

Thank you thank you thank you to GM Sutovsky for not only conducting such wonderful interview, but also for making them so accessible to everyone!

Til Next Time,

Chris Wainscott

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