Stunning Tactics and Kasparov’s Turbulent Return at the STL Rapid & Blitz

After 9 captivating rounds of rapid chess, Levon Aronian is the clear leader with 5 impressive victories. The event is far from over, however, today begins the 18 rounds of blitz games with many players still in contention, including the two American competitiors, Fabiano Caruana and Hikaru Nakamura, who are tied for 2nd.

Here are a few of the dazzling tactics that have taken place so far.

One of the most exciting games of the event so far, Garry Kasparov vs. David Navara. Photo: Lennart Ootes

Tactic #1

Garry Kasparov vs. David Navara

The final day of the rapid segment was especially turbulent for Kasparov who started the day with a loss in a winning position against Navara.

After playing a model positional game in the middlegame, the 13th World Champion overlooked a key defensive opportunity for his opponent. Can you find it?

Kasparov has just played 49. Nc6+ nearly leading to checkmate.

Black to move.
Level: Warm-Up

Kasparov’s luck changed the next round, though, when his opponent, Le Quang Liem, hung a rook.

Fabiano Caruana. Photo: Eric Rosen during his US Chess Twitter Takeover on Day 1

Tactic #2

Fabiano Caruana vs. Ian Nepomniachtchi

Black to move.
Level: Intermediate

Levon Aronian. Photo: Eric Rosen during his US Chess Twitter Takeover on Day 1

Tactic #3

Leinier Dominguez Perez vs. Levon Aronian

Black to move.

Hikaru Nakamura. Photo: Eric Rosen during his US Chess Twitter Takeover on Day 1

Tactic #4

Viswanathan Anand vs. Hikaru Nakamura

How did Nakamura finish off his winning position against the 15th World Champion?

Black to move.

Don’t miss the first 9 blitz rounds live today at 1 p.m. CST with commentary GMs Yasser Seirawan, Maurice Ashley, and US Chess editor Jen Shahade.

Also, look for IM Eric Rosen to take over the US Chess twitter again later this week.


  1. Ha! Fun stuff Eric! For chess fans – check out Ben Johnson’s interview of Eric on the Perpetual Chess Podcast. (for technologically challenged people like me – just tap the purple Podcasts icon on your iPhone and search Perpetual Chess).

    Keep those posts coming Eric!

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