Tactics Time Chess Newsletter: Return of the King

Published: Sun, 07/09/17

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Return of the King

Ready to see if I remember how to move the pieces! Will I be able to announce my re-retirement afterward if not?! ~ Garry Kasparov on twitter

tactics position x
his position comes from the game Garry Kasparov vs Smbat Gariginovich Lputian, Tbilisi, Round 3, 1976. 
   In the position on the right it is White to move
   Answer below.

   On Wednesday July 5th, former World Chess Champion Garry Kasparov announced that he is coming out of retirement!

   From the press release: 

   "Legendary World Champion and 13TH World Champion in chess history, Garry Kasparov, will be competing in the Saint Louis Rapid and Blitz competition Aug. 14-19, 2017, which features six of the Grand Chess Tour players and four wildcard picks playing for a total prize fund of $150,000. The Saint Louis Rapid and Blitz competition is the fourth stop on the Grand Chess Tour.

   Kasparov came to international fame as the youngest world chess champion in history in 1985 at the age of 22. He retired from professional chess in 2005 after a record 20 years as the world's top-ranked player, and now – 12 years post-career – he's coming back to the board in Saint Louis."

   The GMs he will be competing against include:
  • Hikaru Nakamura
  • Fabiano Caruana
  • Levon Aronian
  • Sergey Karjakin
  • Viswanathan Anand
[Event "Tbilisi"]
[Site "Tbilisi"]
[Date "1976.??.??"]
[EventDate "?"]
[Round "3"]
[Result "1-0"]
[White "Garry Kasparov"]
[Black "Smbat Gariginovich Lputian"]
[ECO "B15"]
[WhiteElo "?"]
[BlackElo "?"]
[PlyCount "67"]

1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 g6 4.h3 Bg7 5.Nf3 Nf6 6.Bd3 dxe4 7.Nxe4
O-O 8.O-O Nbd7 9.Nxf6+ Nxf6 10.c3 Qc7 11.Re1 Re8 12.Ne5 Be6
13.Bf4 Nh5 14.Bh2 Qc8 15.Bc2 Nf6 16.Bb3 Bxb3 17.Qxb3 e6 18.Nc4
Re7 19.Nd6 Qd7 20.Be5 Ne8 21.Ne4 b6 22.Rad1 f6 23.Bg3 Bh6
24.Qa3 Rd8 25.c4 f5 26.Bh4 Rf7 27.Bxd8 Qxd8 28.Nc3 Ng7 29.d5
exd5 30.cxd5 c5 31.d6 f4 32.Qb3 Nf5 33.d7 Ng7 34.Re7 1-0

   You can play through this game here: http://www.chessgames.com/perl/chessgame?gid=1069600

   Answer:   34. Re7!! attacks the pinned rook on f7 and places the rook on a powerful square that appears to be defended, but isn't.  If 34...Qxe7 35.d8=Q+

If 34...Qf8 defending the Rook, 35. d8=Q.

   Black has no good moves, and resigned after the killer 34. Re7.

   Happy Tactics!
   Your Friend,

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