The 40th World Chess Solving Championship took place during the first week in August in Belgrade (above a night view from the Sava river), the capital of Serbia. In my previous article I wrote about the location and its history, and how much media attention the event got. The main event was dominated by the Polish solving team of Aleksander Mista, Piotr Murdzia and Kacper Piorun, who took the title.

Overview of the solving hall in Belgrade

In my report I selected some of the simpler problems for solving, so this is a good opportunity for those new to solving to have a go. Today I will give you the solutions, with extensive explanations that will hopefully allow you to appreciate this field of chess endeavour – and help you become a better solver in the process.

  • 1.Bc7! 1.Be5? Ne6 1.Bd6? Nd3 1…Na4 1…Ne6 2.Qf5# 1…Nd3 2.Qxd7# 1…Qxc7 2.Qf5# 1…f2 2.Qg2# 2.Qe4#
  • 1.Rc4 Qxc4 1…Rb5 2.Qd7+ Kxc4 3.Qd4# 1…Rc5 2.Nc7+ Kc6 2…Kxc4 3.Qg4# 2…Rxc7 3.Qg8# 3.Qe6# 1…Qd7 2.Rd4+ Kxe6 3.Qxd7# 1…Qb4 2.Rxb4 1…g4 2.Nf4+ Kxe5 3.Qe6# 2.Qd7+ Ke4 3.Nxg5#
  • 1.Bh3 g1Q 2.Nxg1 Ng5 3.Bg2 3.Bf5? Kd2 4.e4 Ke3 5.e5 Nf7! 5…Kf4? 6.e6 6.e6 Nd6+ 7.Kd7 Nxf5 3…Kd2 4.e4 Ke3 4…Kd3 5.e5 Kd4 5.e5 Kd4 5…Kf4 6.Nh3+ Nxh3 7.e6 Ng5 8.e7 Nf7 9.Kc7 6.Nf3+ Nxf3 7.e6 Nh4 8.Be4! 8.e7? Nf5 8…Kxe4 9.e7
  • 1…Bd5 1…Qb5 2.Be5 Bc6 3.Bc7 Nd5 4.exd4# 1…Bc6 2.exf4 Kd5 3.f5 Nc5 4.Rxd4# 2.Rb4 Bc4 3.Rb6 Nd5 4.Bxd4#
  • 1.Bg3 f6 1…– 2.Qxc3 d4 3.Qf3+ Kxe5 4.Bxf4# 1…Ra4 2.Qxc3 Rd4 2…d4 3.Qf3+ Kxe5 4.Bxf4# 3.Qe3+ fxe3 4.f3# 1…Kxe5 2.Bxf4+ Kxf4 3.Qe3+ Kg4 4.Qg3# 1…Bd7 2.f3+ Kxe5 3.Qb4 d4 3…fxg3 4.f4# 4.Qc5# 1…c2 2.Qxc2+ Kxe5 3.Bxf4+ Kxf4 3…Kd4 4.Nf5# 4.Qf5# 1…b4 2.f3+ Kxe5 3.Bf2 — 4.Bd4# 2.Qe3+ fxe3 3.f3+ Kd4 4.Ne6#
  • 1.Nd7 Ba7 1…– 2.Nc4+ Kd4 3.Nd2+ Rxa4# 1…Ba2 2.Nxc2+ Kxc2 3.Qxb3+ Bxb3# 1…Rxg4 2.Nf5+ Rxg3 3.Qa6+ Rxa6# 1…d4 2.Bf5+ Re4 3.Qa6+ Rxa6# 2.Qc4+ dxc4 3.Nf5+

Dr John Nunn (born April 25, 1955) is one of the world’s best-known chess players and authors. He showed early promise in chess and in mathematics, entering Oxford University at the unusually early age of 15. in 1989 he ranked among the top ten in the world in chess and went on to become a successful chess author and publicist.


Jan 26, 2019

Shankland resigned in a drawn position in Round 11 of the Tata Steel Masters

Sam Shankland resigned in a drawn position in Round 11 of the Tata Steel Masters, enabling Anish Giri to catch Magnus Carlsen with only two rounds to go. The other big result for the title race was Ian Nepomniachtchi beating Vladimir Fedoseev to move into clear second place. Vladimir Kramnik finally picked up his first win of the event against Jorden van Foreest, but Shakhriyar Mamedyarov is still winless and has plummeted out of the 2800 club and dropped to world no. 5 after losing to Vidit with the white pieces.

That leaves the standings as follows with just two rounds to go:

See also:

  • Official website
  • All the games with computer analysis on chess24: Masters | Challengers
  • Tata Steel Chess 2019 Preview
  • Tata Steel 2019, 1: Nepo and Anand snatch early lead
  • Tata Steel 2019, 2: The Dutch strike back
  • Tata Steel 2019, 3: Nepo beats Kramnik to lead
  • Tata Steel 2019, 4: Giri and Vidit win
  • Tata Steel 2019, 5: Magnus breaks the streak
  • Tata Steel 2019, 6: Carlsen and Giri hit the front
  • Tata Steel 2019, 7: Insane chess
  • Tata Steel 2019, 8: Carlsen and Anand take the lead
  • Tata Steel 2019, 9: Nepo catches Magnus and Vishy
  • Tata Steel 2019, 10: Vintage Carlsen beats Anand
Aug 12, 2016

Chess is not an Olympic sport but it should be

True, chess is not an Olympic sport. But it should be. In 1984, when challenger Garry Kasparov forced that championship match into 17 draws in a row — each about five hours of unbearable, unrelenting concentration — world champion Anatoly Karpov was so physically and mentally drained (he lost 22 pounds) that the Kremlin pressured the World Chess Federation to stop the match, thereby saving Soviet-favorite Karpov from forfeiting the title to the brash, free-thinking Kasparov.

My first tournament — the 2002 Atlantic Open, a weekend of all-day pressure so intense that I left in a near-catatonic Karpovian state — also was my last. I have stuck to casual five-minute “blitz” chess ever since. My winnings — a $150 check that remains framed and forever uncashed — hang as a reminder never to do that again.

And while chess’ governing body cannot match the International Olympic Committee for corruption, the World Chess Federation more than makes up for that in weirdness. Its president, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, former president of Russia’s republic of Kalmykia, is not only a reliable Moscow toady (sanctioned by the Treasury Department in November 2015) but a nutcase who insists he’s been abducted by aliens. They wore yellow suits.

So why am I so excited about the upcoming match in New York? Who goes to a chess game anyway?

I do. Twice in the early 1990s when the championship also was played in New York (the 1995 match on the observation deck of the World Trade Center). I drove from Washington both times with a couple of friends, to the consternation of the rest of our acquaintances, who thought we were certifiable.

They didn’t understand that we don’t actually sit and watch the game. Instead, we go to the grandmaster room where the greatest chess minds in the world crowd around a few drop-down demonstration boards, trading furious in-game commentary on the boneheadedness of the latest move and the cosmic brilliance of their own proposed nine-move counterattack.

My friends and I were barely hanging on trying to follow the dazzling riffs flung about by the immortals around us. Not to denigrate the elegance of the balance beam or the beauty of the pole vault, but that experience was (as we used to say when the world was young) mind-blowing.

Twenty-one years is a long time to wait to have your mind blown again. But there’s a more mundane reason for making the trip this time: a compelling storyline with a touch of the Cold War tension that made the 1972 Bobby Fischer-Boris Spassky match such an international sensation.

The reigning world champion is Magnus Carlsen, a 25-year-old Norwegian who, unlike Fischer, is quite normal. He sports a winning personality and such good looks that he does commercials for a European clothing line.

His challenger is the classic Russian heavy, Sergey Karjakin, who (reports The New York Times) is a fan of Vladimir Putin and the invasion of Crimea and who knocked off two brilliant Americans to get to the title fight.

Not exactly U.S.-USSR 1972. But Norway-Russia 2016 does have its charms, given Putin’s threats and intrusions into the Baltics and Scandinavia. Go Oslo!

I do concede that since Fischer-Spassky, chess has lost much of its mystique. The fall can be dated to May 11, 1997, when IBM’s Deep Blue beat Kasparov, widely considered the greatest human ever to play the game.

Today we don’t even bother with the man-machine contest. No human can beat the best software. The ultimate world series is between computer programs. And machines don’t sweat.

Or strive, suffer or exult. Humans do. So I’ll join the fun and cheer the Olympians. It’ll help pass the time until the main event Nov. 11.

On the featured picture: Anatoly Karpov, left, defending world chess champion, and challenger Garry Kasparov, both of the Soviet Union, compete in September 1984 in the World Chess finals in Moscow


Sep 08, 2021

Magnus Carlsen wins Aimchess US Rapid

Magnus Carlsen called it “a fairly smooth ride” as he beat Vladislav Artemiev 2.5:0.5 to win the Aimchess US Rapid. His victory matched Wesley So’s three titles on the $1.6 million Meltwater Champions Chess Tour and means Magnus will now have a significant head start over the US Champion going into the Tour Finals later this month. Artemiev also plays the Finals after brilliantly reaching one semi-final and two finals in the only three tour events he played.

Magnus lost just one game on the way to finishing 2nd in the Prelims, beat Jan-Krzysztof Duda 2.5:0.5 twice in the quarterfinals, overcame Levon Aronian 3:1 on Day 2 of their semi-final after all draws on the first, and then finished with two relatively comfortable days against Vladislav Artemiev — if not for a mouse-slip the score would likely have been 2.5:0.5 both times.

Once again the first game was crucial, and it was a tense strategic battle with both players castling queenside.

For Magnus, meanwhile, it’s just one day until the start of Norway Chess. It all kicks off at the same time as the Aimchess US Rapid days — 11:00 EST, 17:00 CEST, 20:30 IST — on Tuesday September 7th. chess24 is the official broadcast partner, so don’t miss live commentary from Judit Polgar and Jovanka Houska, plus video of the players and post-game interviews, exclusively here on chess24!

See also:

  • Champions Chess Tour website
  • All the Aimchess US Rapid action with computer analysis and live commentary: Prelims, Knockout
  • Wesley So triumphs in the Chessable Masters
  • Magnus Carlsen returns for Aimchess US Rapid
  • Aimchess US Rapid 1: Aronian leads after Firouzja mates Carlsen
  • Aimchess US Rapid 2: Artemiev leads as Duda & Naroditsky shine
  • Aimchess US Rapid 3: MVL pips Carlsen, MVL & Giri out
  • Aimchess US Rapid 4: Carlsen, Firouzja & Aronian strike
  • Aimchess US Rapid 5: Firouzja takes down So
  • Aimchess US Rapid 6: FIrouzja hits back against Artemiev
  • Aimchess US Rapid 7: It’s a Carlsen-Artemiev final!
  • Aimchess US Rapid 8: Carlsen leads despite mouse-slip