Tactics Time Chess Newsletter: Happy 4th of July

Published: Tue, 07/04/17

Newsletter Issue Happy 4th of July Tactics Time 
Happy 4th of July

It’s Fourth of July weekend, or, as I call it, Exploding Christmas.” — Stephen Colbert

tactics position x
his position comes from my game against Kevin Landman (1690), Chicago Open, Round 7, played May 29, 2017. 
   In the position on the right it is Black to move
   Answer below.

   Happy 4th of July!

   Congrats to Griffin McConnell of Broomfield Colorado, who recently competed in the 1st World Junior Chess Championship for the Disabled!

   The tournament was held in Orlando, Florida, USA from June 22-29, 2017.

   The FIDE Chess for the Disabled Commission created this tournament to support all children with any disability in one competitive event in order to bring awareness to the abilities of all.

   There were players from Paraguay, USA, Uganda, Germany, India, Puerto Rico and Belgium.

   Griffin finished in third place and had a great time according to Facebook reports by his parents.

   Great job Griffin!  The Colorado Chess community is proud of you!

   You can read more about this event here:

   USCF: https://new.uschess.org/news/world-junior-championship-disabled-begins-florida/

   FIDE: http://www.fide.com/component/content/article/1-fide-news/10281-world-junior-chess-championship-for-disabled-has-begun.html

   Chess Educators: http://www.chesseducators.com/

   Here is the complete game:
[Event "Chicago Open"]
[Site "Chicago"]
[Date "2017.05.29"]
[Round "7"]
[White "Landman, Kevin"]
[Black "Brennan, Tim"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "B00"]
[WhiteElo "1690"]
[BlackElo "1857"]
[PlyCount "104"]
[EventDate "2017.05.26"]
1. d4 b5 2. e4 a6 3. Bd3 Bb7 4. Nf3 e6 5. Qe2 Nf6 6. Bg5 Be7 7. a4 b4 8. c3
bxc3 9. bxc3 d6 10. Nbd2 Nbd7 11. O-O h6 12. Bh4 g5 13. Bg3 Rg8 14. Rfb1 Qc8
15. h3 h5 16. Rb2 h4 17. Bh2 g4 18. hxg4 Rxg4 19. Kf1 a5 20. Qe3 Rg8 21. Qh6
Ng4 22. Qh7 Ndf6 23. Qxh4 Nxe4 24. Qh7 Nxh2+ 25. Nxh2 Nxd2+ 26. Rxd2 Bxg2+ 27.
Ke2 Rg5 28. Nf3 Bxf3+ 29. Kxf3 e5 30. Qe4 Qh3+ 31. Ke2 Qg4+ 32. Qxg4 Rxg4 33.
Bb5+ Kf8 34. Rh1 Bf6 35. dxe5 Bxe5 36. Rd3 Ke7 37. Rh7 Rag8 38. Rf3 R4g7 39.
Rxg7 Rxg7 40. Re3 Rg4 41. f3 Rh4 42. Kd3 f5 43. Bc6 Ke6 44. Re2 d5 45. Rc2 Kd6
46. Be8 c6 47. Ra2 Rc4 48. Ra3 Rh4 49. Bg6 f4 50. Bf5 Rh2 51. Ra1 c5 52. c4
dxc4+ 0-1

   You can play through this game here:  http://view.chessbase.com/cbreader/2017/7/4/Game764052812.html


   51...c5! threatening 52...c4#.  The only way for White to stop the checkmate is with 52. c4, but this allows 52...Bxa1 losing the rook.

   Happy Tactics!
   Your Friend,

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