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.
September 19, 2010 |
Danish grandmaster Bent Larsen died Sept. 9 at age 75 in Buenos Aires, his home since the 1970s. Larsen was the most successful tournament player of the late 1960s, when he rose to third in the world behind Boris Spassky and Bobby Fischer. Only losses to those two stars in Candidates matches kept him from playing for the world championship. Larsen had a lively mind and strong opinions, enabling him to speak knowledgeably about many subjects in more than a half dozen languages.
July 4, 2010 |
Magnus Carlsen won his third consecutive international tournament by easily taking first place in the Kings double round robin in Medias, Romania. The Norwegian star scored an undefeated 71/2-21/2, finishing two points ahead of Boris Gelfand (Israel) and Teimour Radjabov (Azerbaijan). Carlsen's five victories (three with Black) in Medias displayed his new-found versatility. Once he won by taking the initiative with a new idea in a sharp opening. Twice he managed to increase a minimal advantage in an endgame.
April 4, 2010 |
April 4, 2010 Position No. 6101: Black to play and win. From the game Zdenko Kozul-Igor Kurnosov, European Championship, Rijeka 2010. Solution to Position No. 6100: White wins with 1 Bxf7+! Kxf7 2 Rxd6! Qxd6 3 Qxg7+ Ke6 4 Re1+ Kf5 5 Qxh7+. Neither 2 . . . Re6 3 Rxe6 nor 2 . . . Nf6 3 Bxf6 Bxf6 4 Qd5+ saves Black. Magnus Carlsen of Norway and Vassily Ivanchuk of Ukraine shared first place in the 19th Amber tournament in Nice, France. Each took turns leading the double round robin, but they ended tied with scores of 14 1/2 -7 1/2 . The duo shared first place at 8-3 in the rapid portion of the tournament, and they tied for second at 6 1/2 -4 1/2 in the blindfold portion.