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May 16, 2010 | Jack Peters
Position No. 6107: White to play and win. From the game Yuri Vovk-Peter Varga, French League, Mulhouse 2010. Solution to Position No. 6106: Quickest is 1…Rgh8! 2 cxd6+ Kd8 3 Bg2 Rh2, foreseeing 4 Kf1 Rh1+. If 1…Qh6 2 cxb6+ Kd8, White can delay checkmate by 3 Qc7+. Viswanathan Anand of India, world champion since 2007, retained his title by defeating Veselin Topalov of Bulgaria, 6-1/2 - 5-1/2 in their match in Sofia, Bulgaria. Anand won Tuesday's final game, as Black, to end the most exciting championship of the last two decades.
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May 16, 2010 | Jack Peters
Position No. 6107: White to play and win. From the game Yuri Vovk-Peter Varga, French League, Mulhouse 2010. Solution to Position No. 6106: Quickest is 1…Rgh8! 2 cxd6+ Kd8 3 Bg2 Rh2, foreseeing 4 Kf1 Rh1+. If 1…Qh6 2 cxb6+ Kd8, White can delay checkmate by 3 Qc7+. Viswanathan Anand of India, world champion since 2007, retained his title by defeating Veselin Topalov of Bulgaria, 6-1/2 - 5-1/2 in their match in Sofia, Bulgaria. Anand won Tuesday's final game, as Black, to end the most exciting championship of the last two decades.
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November 22, 2009 | By Jack Peters
Position No. 6082: White to play and win. From the game Yun Fan-Rusudan Goletiani, U.S. Women's Championship, St. Louis 2009. Solution to Position No. 6081: Black wins a piece with 1 . . . d5 2 Ne3 d4 3 Nc4 (or 3 Rxc7 dxe3+) b5. Former world champion Vladimir Kramnik of Russia won the Tal Memorial in Moscow by scoring an undefeated 6-3. The round robin featured 10 of the world's top 13 stars. Kramnik, in his prime at age 34, seems fully recovered from losing the 2008 world championship match to Viswanathan Anand of India.
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May 9, 2010 | Jack Peters
May 9, 2010 Position No. 6106: Black to play. Find the quickest win. From the game Indra Lahiri-Leo Kamgar, Western Pacific Open, Los Angeles 2010. Solution to Position No. 6105: Black wins the Queen by 1…Bd3+ 2 Kc1 Nf3, as White cannot stand 3 Nd5 Rfc8+ or 3 a3 Nxd2 4 axb4 Nb3 mate. Another method is 2…Rfc8, foreseeing 3 Rde1 Rxc3+ or 3 Bxd4 exd4. Challenger Veselin Topalov of Bulgaria won Tuesday's eighth game against world champion Viswanathan Anand of India in Sofia, Bulgaria.
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March 21, 2010 | By Jack Peters
March 21, 2010 Position No. 6099: White to play and win. From the game John Merriman-Martin Brown, Blackpool, England 2010. Solution to Position No. 6098: White wins with 1 Be4! Nxe3+ 2 Qxe3 Qc8 3 Rxh7!, as 3 . . . Kxh7 leads to mate by 4 Qh3+ Kg8 5 Rh1 Bh4 6 Qxh4 Kf8 7 Nd5. If 2 . . . Qb6, then 3 Nd5 Qd8 4 Nxe7+ Qxe7 5 Rxh7 Kxh7 6 f6+ wins. Viswanathan Anand and Veselin Topalov will be out of the public eye for the next month, preparing for the April 23 start of their 12-game world championship match.
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April 18, 2010 | By Jack Peters
April 18, 2010 Position No. 6103: Black to play and win. From the game Darwin Yang-Irina Krush, Lubbock 2010. Solution to Position No. 6102: Not convincing is 1 . . . Rh6? 2 Rd1, but Black wins with 1 . . . Re3!, threatening mate with 2 . . . Rxg3+ 3 fxg3 Qf1+. If 2 Rxe3 dxe3 3 Re2, then 3 . . . Qf3+ 4 Kg1 Rh6 mates. If 2 Rd3, then 2 . . . Qe4+ 3 f3 Rexf3 4 Rgxf3 Rxf3 5 Rf3 Qxc2+ wins. And if 2 Qd1, Black leaves White helpless by 2 . . . Rxg3+ 3 fxg3 Qe4+ 4 Kg1 Qe3+ 5 Kg2 d3. For example, 6 a3 permits 6 . . . Qe4+ 7 Kg1 Rh6 8 Rg2 Qe3+ 9 Rf2 Rf6 10 Qd2 Rxf2 11 Qxf2 d2. The world championship match between champion Viswanathan Anand of India and Veselin Topalov of Bulgaria begins Friday in Sofia, Bulgaria.
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March 14, 2010 | By Jack Peters
March 14, 2010 Position No. 6098: White to play and win. From the game Joel Banawa-Lawrence Stevens, U.S. Amateur Team West, Woodland Hills 2010. Solution to Position No. 6097: White wins with 1 Ra5! (not 1 Kc8?? because 1 . . . Kd5 2 c7 Kxc5 3 Kd7 Rd2+ draws) Rc2 2 Kb7 Rb2+ (routine is 2 . . . Rxc5 3 Rxa2) 3 Kc8 Ke7 4 c7 Ke8 5 Rxa2! Rxa2 6 Kb7 Rb2+ 7 Kc6. If 3 . . . Kd5, easiest is 4 Kd7 Rh2 5 c7 Rh7+ 6 Kc8 Kc6 7 Ra6+ Kxc5 8 Kb7, winning. Richard Rapport of Hungary just completed the requirements to become a grandmaster at age 13 years, 11 months, 15 days, the fifth-youngest ever.
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March 7, 2010 | By Jack Peters
March 7, 2010 Position No. 6097: White to play and win. From the game Veselin Topalov-Boris Gelfand, Linares 2010. Solution to Position No. 6096: Black wins with 1 . . . Rxg3 2 fxg3 (as 2 Rxg3 h4 costs White a Rook) Qb6 3 g4 Qg1+ 4 Kg3 Ra3+ 5 Kh4 (or 5 Kf4 Qd4+ 6 Qe4 Qd6+) g5+ 6 Kxh5 Rxh3+ 7 gxh3 Q The great double round robin in Linares, Spain, ended in a dramatic victory for world championship challenger Veselin Topalov of Bulgaria. Like a crafty pitcher who wins without his best stuff, Topalov succeeded without revealing any opening secrets he had prepared for his April match against champion Viswanathan Anand.
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May 9, 2010 | Jack Peters
May 9, 2010 Position No. 6106: Black to play. Find the quickest win. From the game Indra Lahiri-Leo Kamgar, Western Pacific Open, Los Angeles 2010. Solution to Position No. 6105: Black wins the Queen by 1…Bd3+ 2 Kc1 Nf3, as White cannot stand 3 Nd5 Rfc8+ or 3 a3 Nxd2 4 axb4 Nb3 mate. Another method is 2…Rfc8, foreseeing 3 Rde1 Rxc3+ or 3 Bxd4 exd4. Challenger Veselin Topalov of Bulgaria won Tuesday's eighth game against world champion Viswanathan Anand of India in Sofia, Bulgaria.
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December 29, 1996 | JACK PETERS, INTERNATIONAL MASTER
The strongest tournament in recent memory ended in a convincing victory for world champion Garry Kasparov of Russia. Kasparov went undefeated in a double round robin in Las Palmas, capital of the Canary Islands. He scored 6 1/2-3 1/2 against his five leading rivals, including a draw and a win in his first two games against former champion Anatoly Karpov since 1994. Viswanathan Anand of India took second prize with 5 1/2-4 1/2.
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April 18, 2010 | By Jack Peters
April 18, 2010 Position No. 6103: Black to play and win. From the game Darwin Yang-Irina Krush, Lubbock 2010. Solution to Position No. 6102: Not convincing is 1 . . . Rh6? 2 Rd1, but Black wins with 1 . . . Re3!, threatening mate with 2 . . . Rxg3+ 3 fxg3 Qf1+. If 2 Rxe3 dxe3 3 Re2, then 3 . . . Qf3+ 4 Kg1 Rh6 mates. If 2 Rd3, then 2 . . . Qe4+ 3 f3 Rexf3 4 Rgxf3 Rxf3 5 Rf3 Qxc2+ wins. And if 2 Qd1, Black leaves White helpless by 2 . . . Rxg3+ 3 fxg3 Qe4+ 4 Kg1 Qe3+ 5 Kg2 d3. For example, 6 a3 permits 6 . . . Qe4+ 7 Kg1 Rh6 8 Rg2 Qe3+ 9 Rf2 Rf6 10 Qd2 Rxf2 11 Qxf2 d2. The world championship match between champion Viswanathan Anand of India and Veselin Topalov of Bulgaria begins Friday in Sofia, Bulgaria.
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March 21, 2010 | By Jack Peters
March 21, 2010 Position No. 6099: White to play and win. From the game John Merriman-Martin Brown, Blackpool, England 2010. Solution to Position No. 6098: White wins with 1 Be4! Nxe3+ 2 Qxe3 Qc8 3 Rxh7!, as 3 . . . Kxh7 leads to mate by 4 Qh3+ Kg8 5 Rh1 Bh4 6 Qxh4 Kf8 7 Nd5. If 2 . . . Qb6, then 3 Nd5 Qd8 4 Nxe7+ Qxe7 5 Rxh7 Kxh7 6 f6+ wins. Viswanathan Anand and Veselin Topalov will be out of the public eye for the next month, preparing for the April 23 start of their 12-game world championship match.
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March 14, 2010 | By Jack Peters
March 14, 2010 Position No. 6098: White to play and win. From the game Joel Banawa-Lawrence Stevens, U.S. Amateur Team West, Woodland Hills 2010. Solution to Position No. 6097: White wins with 1 Ra5! (not 1 Kc8?? because 1 . . . Kd5 2 c7 Kxc5 3 Kd7 Rd2+ draws) Rc2 2 Kb7 Rb2+ (routine is 2 . . . Rxc5 3 Rxa2) 3 Kc8 Ke7 4 c7 Ke8 5 Rxa2! Rxa2 6 Kb7 Rb2+ 7 Kc6. If 3 . . . Kd5, easiest is 4 Kd7 Rh2 5 c7 Rh7+ 6 Kc8 Kc6 7 Ra6+ Kxc5 8 Kb7, winning. Richard Rapport of Hungary just completed the requirements to become a grandmaster at age 13 years, 11 months, 15 days, the fifth-youngest ever.
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March 7, 2010 | By Jack Peters
March 7, 2010 Position No. 6097: White to play and win. From the game Veselin Topalov-Boris Gelfand, Linares 2010. Solution to Position No. 6096: Black wins with 1 . . . Rxg3 2 fxg3 (as 2 Rxg3 h4 costs White a Rook) Qb6 3 g4 Qg1+ 4 Kg3 Ra3+ 5 Kh4 (or 5 Kf4 Qd4+ 6 Qe4 Qd6+) g5+ 6 Kxh5 Rxh3+ 7 gxh3 Q The great double round robin in Linares, Spain, ended in a dramatic victory for world championship challenger Veselin Topalov of Bulgaria. Like a crafty pitcher who wins without his best stuff, Topalov succeeded without revealing any opening secrets he had prepared for his April match against champion Viswanathan Anand.
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November 22, 2009 | By Jack Peters
Position No. 6082: White to play and win. From the game Yun Fan-Rusudan Goletiani, U.S. Women's Championship, St. Louis 2009. Solution to Position No. 6081: Black wins a piece with 1 . . . d5 2 Ne3 d4 3 Nc4 (or 3 Rxc7 dxe3+) b5. Former world champion Vladimir Kramnik of Russia won the Tal Memorial in Moscow by scoring an undefeated 6-3. The round robin featured 10 of the world's top 13 stars. Kramnik, in his prime at age 34, seems fully recovered from losing the 2008 world championship match to Viswanathan Anand of India.
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