It was very difficult to choose the Game of the Week, not because no interesting games were played but because there were too many exciting battles. The Thanet Early Summer Swiss again turned up a good selection of good fighting games, however my choice this week may well be the most exciting game played ( so far ) in 2021
All club players can play a decent game, given a generous time limit and a following wind: Super GMs on the other hand can play magical games even at the quickest speed.
Here is a game, played online, between Hikaru Nakamura and Shakhirya Mamedyarov .
Please enjoy the game – I am not qualified to add any comments, if you want to see more please watch the excellent video on YouTube
White: Hikaru Nakamura Black: Shakhirya Mamedyarov
As we have reached Puzzle number 13, what better example than a brilliancy from Garry Kasparov
Kasparov was born on 13th April and became the 13th World Chess Champion
Here is a position from 1999
White Garry Kasparov Black Vladimir Kramnik
White to move
Black to play – this game ended in a draw, could you do better?
Black wins with the following beautiful combination
- —– Nh4+
- Kh2 ( if Kf1 Qd1 and if Kg1 Rc1, Rf1 Qg2 ) Qg2
- Rxg2 Nf3+
- Kh1 Rc1
- Rg1 Rxg1 mate
Yet again we saw lots of interesting chess in our Thanet Early Summer Swiss this week. There was also a game with a mouseslip/computer clitch, fortunately that game was already decided by this point, so no real harm done. But a lesson to us all that online chess has it’s own pitfalls compared with the easy methods of over the board play.
Our Game of the Week was an intriguing affair where both players made some original and creative choices in the opening. Neither King looked completely secure and pins and threats appeared all over the board.
White: shamaka Black: KnightClubber
Thanet Early Summer Swiss
This puzzle was suggested by Broadstairs’ legend Bob Page, Bob recently moved away from Thanet but is still a keen supporter of Thanet Chess
The following recent online game ended in a draw, can you find a forced mate for Black?
Black to move