Can You Calculate Like a Grenke Classic Grandmaster?

After winning the Grenke Classic, Aronian gained 15 rating points and moved back up to #6 in the world. Photo: Georgios Souleidis

Levon Aronian recently won the Grenke Classic, which featured a top-notch field, including Magnus Carlsen, Fabiano Caruana, Maxime-Vachier-Lagrave, and Hou Yifan. Even more impressively, Aronian sealed the tournament victory with a round to spare.

Can you solve tactics from this exceptionally strong event?

Tactic #1

Fabiano Caruana vs. Levon Aronian

Position after 23. b3

Black to move.

Level: Warm-Up

The World Champion had a lukewarm event, finishing with only one victory against the lowest seed and drawing all of the other 6 games. Photo: Georgios Souleidis

Tactic #2

Georg Meier vs. Magnus Carlsen

Position after 38. Qxe5+

Black to move.

Level: Intermediate

After an unexpected round 1 loss to Hou Yifan, Fabiano Caruana recovered with two victories in a row, ultimately finishing in a tie for 2nd with Magnus Carlsen. Photo: Georgios Souleidis

Tactic #3

Fabiano Caruana vs. Georg Meier

Black’s king is open and White’s pieces are very active. How did Caruana turn this into an unstoppable attack?

Position after 27…f5

White to move.

Level: Advanced

Hou Yifan was the early tournament leader, winning two games in a row and then drawing against Magnus Carlsen. She finished with an even score, tied for 4th. Photo: Georgios Souleidis

Tactic #4

Fabiano Caruana vs. Georg Meier

Position after 33…Qa6

White to move and checkmate in 7 moves.

Level: Advanced

For more information, visit the Grenke Chess Classic Website.

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