Tactics Time Chess Newsletter: 2016 World Championship

Published: Sun, 11/06/16

Newsletter Issue 2016 World Championship Tactics Time 
World Championship

Sergey (Karjakin) will try to beat him (Magnus Carlsen) in the opening, then hold on for dear life. Expect some fireworks. Both players will try to come up with really cool openings." ~  Ilya Merenzon, CEO of Agon

tactics position x
his position comes from the game Juan Manuel Bellon Lopez (2376) vs Magnus Kristinsson (1776), Round 1, Tradewise Gibraltar, played January 26, 2016.
   In the position on the right it is White to move
   Answer below.
   The World Chess Championship 2016 is an upcoming chess match between reigning world champion Magnus Carlsen and challenger Sergey Karjakin to determine the World Chess Champion. It will be held under the auspices of FIDE, the world chess federation, with the organization rights belonging to Agon, its commercial partner.

   The 12-game match is planned to take place between 11–30 November in the renovated Fulton Market Building (formerly Fulton Fish Market) in the South Street Seaport in New York City, with the two contestants competing for a prize fund of at least 1 million euros (US$1.1m).

    If the score is tied after 12 games, a four-game rapid chess match will be played, then five two-game matches of blitz chess if necessary, and finally, an Armageddon game will be used to break the tie.

   Some other interesting things about the match:
  • The official website of the match is: https://worldchess.com/nyc2016/  There has been some controversy in the past with other websites broadcasting and providing commentary on the games, so I am not sure if it will be available to watch elsewhere.  The Wikipedia page mentions some of the previous lawsuits and ongoing legal battles.
  • No draws before move 30, except repetition of moves.
  • Judit Polgar will be one of the announcers on the Agon broadcast.
  • Karjakin noted that he will be unable to take his favored black caviar into the United States, a food delicacy which he in part credited to facilitating his Candidates victory.
  • Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook) will be at the opening ceremony. 

   Some other interesting articles about the match:       
    Should be a fun and interesting event!

   Here is the complete game:

[Event "Tradewise Gibraltar"]
[Site "Caleta ENG"]
[Date "2016.01.26"]
[EventDate "2016.01.26"]
[Round "1.119"]
[Result "1-0"]
[White "Juan Manuel Bellon Lopez"]
[Black "Magnus Kristinsson"]
[ECO "C14"]
[WhiteElo "2376"]
[BlackElo "1776"]
[PlyCount "17"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. Bg5 e6 3. e4 Be7 4. Bd3 d5 5. e5 Nfd7 6. Bxe7
Qxe7 7. Nc3 O-O 8. Nh3 a6 9. Bxh7+ 1-0
   You can play through this game here: http://www.chessgames.com/perl/chessgame?gid=1814206

   9. Bxh7+! 

   If 9...Kxh7 10.Qh5+ Kg8 11.Ng5 and Black would have to give up the Queen with 11...Qxg5 to avoid 12. Qh7#

   If 9...Kh8 then White still plays 10.Qh5 with discovered check threats.  For example 10...Nf6 11. exf6 Qxf6 12.Bg6+ (discovered check, blocking 12...Qh6) 12...Kg8 13.Qh7#

   This combination of a pawn on e5, no black knight on f6, a white knight that can hop to g5 and a queen that can get to the h file quickly, are the ingredients make this "Greek gift" tactic possible.
   Happy Tactics!
   Your Friend,

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