November 21, 2010 |
Position No. 6134: White to play and win. From the game Ray Robson-Eugene Perelshteyn, Spice Cup, Lubbock 2010. Solution to Position No. 6133: Black wins with 1?Rh8! 2 Qe7 Bxh2! 3 Qe6+ (not 3 Rxh2 Qg2 mate) Qxe6 4 dxe6 Bf4+ 5 Kg1 Be3+ 6 Rcf2 g4 7 Re1 Bxf2+ or 7?Ba7 8 c4 g3. The Tal Memorial in Moscow ended in a three-way tie last Sunday among Levon Aronian of Armenia, Sergey Karjakin of Russia and Shakhriyar Mamedyarov of Azerbaijan. Each scored 51/2-31/2 in the round robin, a tribute to the late world champion Mikhail Tal. All 10 competitors are ranked among the world's top 18. U.S. champion Hikaru Nakamura tied for fourth place at 5-4 with Alexander Grischuk of Russia and Wang Hao of China.
November 14, 2010 |
Position No. 6133: Black to play and win. From the game Ryan Porter-Takashi Kurosaki, LA Open, Los Angeles 2010. Solution to Position No. 6132: White wins plenty of material by 1 Bg5! hxg5 (or 1?Qxg5 2 Nxf7+) 2 Qh5+ Bh7 3 Nxf7+. If 1?Be4, either 2 Nxf7+ Kg8 3 Nxd8+ or 2 Qxf6 gxf6 3 Bxf6+ suffices. Magnus Carlsen, the 19-year-old Norwegian grandmaster ranked first in the world for most of 2010, has withdrawn from the candidates matches leading to the 2012 world championship.
November 7, 2010 |
Position No. 6132: White to play and win. From the game Joseph Bellinger-Yoshio Dupree, La Palma 2010. Solution to Position No. 6131: Black wins the Queen neatly with 1?Nxg3+ 2 Kf2 Bc5! 3 Qxc5 Ne4+. Norwegian grandmaster Magnus Carlsen won the third Pearl Spring tournament in Nanjing, China, with an undefeated score of 7-3. The double round robin was the first ever to feature three players with ratings above 2800. A year ago, Carlsen won the second Pearl Spring tournament with a fantastic 8-2 score, probably his career peak.
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 17, 2010 |
Position No. 6129: Black to play and win. From the game Ahmad Fawzi Samhouri-Judit Polgar, 39th Olympiad, Khanty-Mansiysk 2010. Solution to Position No. 6128: White wins with 1 Rxg7!, as 1?Kxg7 permits 2 Qxh6+! Kxh6 3 Bxf6 mate. The World Chess Federation (FIDE) held its annual meeting during the recent 39th Olympiad in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia. The main item on the agenda was the election of officers. Kirsan Ilyumzhinov of Russia, FIDE president since 1995, won reelection to a four-year term by a vote of 95 to 55 over former world champion Anatoly Karpov.
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)
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 15, 2010
William Coblentz Former University of California regent William Coblentz, 88, an attorney and former University of California regent who fought against South Africa's apartheid policies and upheld the right of communist philosopher Angela Davis to teach at UCLA, died Monday at his San Francisco home. The cause was not given. Coblentz worked for then-California Atty. Gen. Pat Brown in the 1950s. When Brown became governor, Coblentz became his special counsel.