Tactical Play at the London Classic

Photo: Spectrum Studios

Photo: Spectrum Studios

This month, Wesley So won the London Classic, the overall Grand Chess Tour, and became one of the few people to cross the 2800 FIDE rating mark. In addition, Hikaru Nakamura and Fabiano Caruana won 2nd and 3rd in the tour, making 2016 a fantastic year for American chess.

Can you solve tactics from some of the best games in the tournament?

Tactic #1

Veselin Topalov vs. Wesley So

Black to move.
Level: Warm-Up

Tactic #2

Wesley So vs. Michael Adams

Can you find the winning tactic that made Wesley So the 12th person in history to pass 2800?

White to move.
Level: Intermediate

Tactic #3

Hikaru Nakamura vs. Maxime Vachier-Lagrave

Hikaru Nakamura at the Paris Grand Chess Tour. Photo: Spectrum Studios

Hikaru Nakamura at the Paris Grand Chess Tour. Photo: Spectrum Studios

With the exception of Topalov, Nakamura had more decisive games than anyone else in the tournament. Despite losses to So and Caruana, he fought back and won three excellent games. How did he finish off his attack against MVL?

White to move.
Level: Advanced

Tactic #4

Fabiano Caruana vs. Hikaru Nakamura

Fabiano Caruana at the U.S. Championships. Photo: Spectrum Studios

Photo: Spectrum Studios

What tactic did Caruana use to convert his positional queen sacrifice into victory?

White to move.
Level: Advanced

 

London Classic Standings

London Classic Standings

Image: Spectrum Studios

Grand Chess Tour Standings

Image: Spectrum Studios

Image: Spectrum Studios

For more information on the Grand Chess Tour, including details on next season’s additional rapid event and universal rating system, visit the Official website

Comments

  1. Mr. Sinquifield, please recruit Le Quang Liem for the US team’s 4th board! It’s easy since he is already a U.S. resident.

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