August 1, 2010 |
Position No. 6118: White to play and win. From the game Tatev Abrahamyan-Sabina Foisor, U.S. Women's Championship, St. Louis 2010. Solution to Position No. 6117: White wins with 1 Nce4! dxe4 2 Nxe4 Rg6 3 Rd1 Qh4 4 Rxc6! bxc6 5 Nf6+. Or, if 2…Qg6, then 3 Nf6+ Kf8 4 Qd6+ Kg7 5 Nxg8 Kxg8 6 Rg3 gains plenty of material. Ukraine grandmaster Ruslan Ponomariov won the Sparkassen double round robin in Dortmund, Germany. He scored 61/2-31/2, finishing a point ahead of Vietnamese sensation Le Quang Liem.
October 3, 2010 |
Position No. 6127: White to play and win. From the game Robby Adamson-Yusheng Xia, Southern California Open, Los Angeles 2010. Solution to Position No. 6126: White wins with 1 Qe4 c6 (as 1?Qd5 2 Qg4+ costs a Bishop) 2 Rf7! Be3+ 3 Kh1 Qd5 4 Rc7+ Kb8 5 Rxc6+ Ka8 6 Rc8+! Rxc8 7 Qxd5+. The 39th Chess Olympiad is scheduled to conclude Oct. 3 in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia. More than 1,300 players are competing in the men's and women's sections of the World Chess Federation's premier team event.
October 24, 2010 |
Position No. 6130: White to play and win. From the game Alexey Shirov-Emanuel Berg, 39th Olympiad, Khanty-Mansiysk 2010. Solution to Position No. 6129: Black wins the pinned Knight by 1?Nd5! 2 exd5 Bxc2 3 Qe2 Nd3 4 Rf1 Bh4 5 Rf3 Nxf4 6 Qf1 Nxd5. The tougher defense, 2 Ndc4 Rxc4 3 fxe5, still loses to 3?Bh4 4 Kh1 (or 4 Re2 Nf4 5 Rh2 Rxe5) Rd4 5 Qf3 Nb4. Former world champion Vladimir Kramnik won the third Grand Slam Final in Bilbao, Spain. The double round robin featured four of the world's strongest grandmasters.
October 10, 2010 |
Position No. 6128: White to play and win. From the game Shane Matthews-Pradeep Seegolam, 39th Olympiad, Khanty-Mansiysk 2010. Solution to Position No. 6127: White wins with 1 Bxf7!, as 1?Rxh1 allows 2 Bxe6! Qxe6 3 Qc7 mate. Ukraine, the second seed, won the 39th Olympiad in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia. The five-man team went undefeated, winning eight matches and drawing three in the 148-team competition. Ukraine was led by Vassily Ivanchuk, whose 8-2 score (a 2890 performance)
August 15, 2010 |
Position No. 6120: White to play and win. From the game Jimmy Mardell-Joel Eklund, Sweden 2010. Solution to Position No. 6119: White wins with 1 e5! Bc6+ 2 Kf2, as 2…dxe5 permits 3 Rxh6+! Qxh6 4 f6+ e4 5 Qg7 mate. Grandmaster Alejandro Ramirez of Costa Rica won the 111th U.S. Open in Irvine last Sunday. Ramirez, a recent graduate of the University of Texas at Dallas, yielded draws only to top-seeded GM Varuzhan Akobian and his former UTD teammate, IM Julio Catalino Sadorra.
August 22, 2010 |
Position No. 6121: Black to play and win. From the game Max Schwartz-Max Cornejo, U.S. Open, Irvine 2010. Solution to Position No. 6120: White wins spectacularly with 1 Bxh7+ Kxh7 2 Rh3+ Kg8 3 Bh6! (intending 4 Bxg7) Bf6 4 Rxf6! N7xf6 5 Bxg7 Ng4 6 Bf6! Nf2+ 7 Qxf2 Qxf2 8 Rh8 mate. The 49th World Junior Championship ended Monday in Chotowa, Poland. Every country was invited to send its best young player, born in 1990 or later. The record field of 120 players, representing 55 countries, included 20 grandmasters and 34 IMs. Russian grandmasters Dmitry Andreikin, age 20, and Sanan Sjugirov, 17, shared first place with scores of 10-3.
July 25, 2010 |
Position No. 6117: White to play and win. From the game Francisco Vallejo Pons-Conrad Holt, World Open, Pennsylvania 2010. Solution to Position No. 6116: White wins with 1 Rc5! Qxc5 2 Qxe6+ Kg7 3 Qd7+ Kg6 4 Re6+ Kf5 (or 4…Kg5 5 Qg7+) 5 Rd6+ Ke4 6 Qg4+ Ke5 7 Qe6 mate. Irina Krush of New York won her third U.S. Women's Championship on Monday in St. Louis. Two rounds before the finish, she trailed her chief rival, three-time champion Anna Zatonskih. However, she won her last two games, while Zatonskih was held to draws.
September 3, 2009 |
USC fans skewered Lane Kiffin on Internet message boards. Steve Sarkisian did not fare much better. So any USC play-caller not named Norm Chow , it seems, is in for a tough go with the Trojans faithful. Jeremy Bates is not worried about it. USC's first-year quarterbacks coach and play-caller plans to tune out whatever criticism might come his way after Saturday's opener against San Jose State and beyond. "This is a game of entertainment," Bates said Wednesday.
May 26, 1987 |
World chess champion Gary Kasparov received a top Soviet award Monday, the Red Banner of Labor, for his contribution to the advancement of Soviet chess, the official news agency Tass reported.
November 20, 1987
The reason for the put-down of women chess players in the article about Yasser Seirawan is because men cannot take the pain of losing to a woman. I play chess a few times a week. I do not win often, but when I do win I win three games in a row--simply because at the first loss the man is so traumatized he cannot concentrate and so I win two more games. KAY CAMMER Santa Barbara