Tactics from the Chess Olympiad 2016 in Baku
The Chess Olympiad 2016 has been a fantastic tournament, full of talking points:
- USA won their first Olympiad in 40 years!
- China and Azerbaijan have failed to live up to their 3rd and 4th seedings, currently sitting in 20th and 19th places.
- Magnus Carlsen debuted 1.e3!? – and won.
- Anish Giri has pleased fans with 8 consecutive draws.
- Women’s World Champion Hou Yifan was crushed by Latvia’s Finance Minister (rated 2243!)
- 64 year old Eugenio Torre, whose first Olympiad was in 1970, has been in stunning form, scoring an undefeated 10/11.
- Players protested against an anti-cheating rule that meant they had to inform arbiters if they wanted to go to the toilet!
The games haven’t disappointed either. Baadur Jobava and Wei Yi have kept up their reputation for exciting games and there have been tons of beautiful winning combinations.
As always, we’ve picked some of the best for you to have a go at. Can you solve them all?
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White to play
17 year old Shahin Lorparizangeneh (playing White) of Iran has this position against England’s former prodigy Luke McShane in the Chess Olympiad 2016.
Can you find the killer blow?
6k1/pr3qpn/b1pB1p2/2Pp1P2/3P4/2N3Q1/P6P/4R1K1 w – – 0 38
Black to play
Anna Muzychuk’s (Black’s) Queen is en prise after Jovana Rapport’s last move 23.f4.
How did she respond?
5rk1/1p2p2p/2bp2p1/2n1q3/2P1PP2/pPN1B2p/P1RQB3/4K3 b – – 0 23
Black to play
India’s Sethuraman missed a spectacular win against USA’s Sam Shankland in this position at the Chess Olympiad 2016.
Can you find it?
3R4/5qk1/3bp3/1B1p1p2/2nP1P2/2PKP3/r5r1/1R1QB3 b – – 0 33