Tactics from the Isle of Man

The top 3 Americans, Fabiano Caruana, Wesley So, and Hikaru Nakamura, all competed in this year’s Isle of Man International Open. The event, held from October 1-9, was sponsored by chess.com and coincided with National Chess Day on October 8, 2016.

Can you solve tactics from some of our big three’s most exciting games?

Hikaru Nakamura. Photo: Isle of Man International

Hikaru Nakamura. Photo: Chess.com Isle of Man International

Tactic #1

Hikaru Nakamura vs. Sabino Brunello

White to move.

Level: Warm-Up

Wesley So finished in 4th place with an undefeated score. His victory with the black pieces against Grandmaster Granda Zuniga was his quickest win in the tournament.

Tactic #2

Julio Ernesto Granda Zuniga vs. Wesley So

Black to move.

Level: Intermediate

Fabiano Caruana vs. Hou Yifan. Photo: Isle of Man International

Fabiano Caruana vs. Hou Yifan. Photo: Chess.com Isle of Man International

Caruana had the most impressive result, tying for 1st place with Pavel Eljanov (finishing 2nd by tiebreaks). This tournament performance gained him 10 FIDE rating points, bringing his live rating to 2823—within 30 points of Magnus Carlsen.

Tactic #3

Hou Yifan vs. Caruana Fabiano

Hou just blundered with 28. Qg4? What clever combination did the US Champion use to defeat the reigning Women’s World Champion?

Black to move.

Level: Advanced

For more information, visit the Chess.com Isle of Man International Website.

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