Upsets Continue: Zatonskih Defeats Gelfand

Magnus Carlsen is all smiles as he leads the tournament. Photo: Chess.com / Maria Emelianova

Magnus Carlsen is currently in clear 1st at the Isle of Man Open with 5.5 out of 6. Meanwhile, four Americans are tied for 3rd place with a large group, trailing by a point with 3 rounds to go.

One of those players is four-time U.S. Women’s Champion Anna Zatonskih, who is having a spectacular tournament so far with a 2600+ performance rating and a victory over GM Boris Gelfand.

Can you find the tactic Zatonskih used to defeat the former World Championship Challenger?

Puzzle #1

Boris Gelfand vs. Anna Zatonskih

Black to move.

Hikaru Nakamura vs. Aleksandr Lenderman. They ultimately drew. Photo: Chess.com / Maria Emelianova

Both Hikaru Nakamura and Aleksandr Lenderman are also tied for 3rd with 4.5 points.

Puzzle #2

Neelotpal Das vs. Hikaru Nakamura

Nakamura has sacrificed two pawns to obtain this double-edged attacking position where both queens are threatened. How did he win the game?

Black to move.

Puzzle #3

Aleksandr Lenderman vs. Francisco Vallejo Pons

Are you familiar with your rook + bishop vs. rook endings?

Lenderman continues his streak from the World Cup by demonstrating how to play for the win in this very tricky endgame. Black has made a mistake, allowing Lenderman a mating combination. Can you find it?

White to move.

Fabiano Caruana vs. Jeffery Xiong. Photo: John Sanders

Fabiano Caruana, who tied for 1st last year, is undefeated, winning all of his games with white and drawing all of his games with black.

Puzzle #4

Fabiano Caruana vs. Jeffery Xiong

How did the current U.S. #1 gain a material advantage over the top American prodigy?

White to move.

Standings (after round 6)

top 20

Round 7 Pairings

top 10 boards

The Isle of Man Masters runs from Saturday, September 23, to Sunday, October 1st, with rounds every day, starting at 8:30 a.m. EST.

Watch live games and commentary on Chess.com TV and the Official Website.

 


About the Author

Vanessa West is a regular writer and digital assistant for US Chess News. She won the 2017 Chess Journalist of the Year award.

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