Tactics Time Chess Newsletter: Top Gun

Published: Tue, 07/11/17

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Top Gun

You don't have time to think up there. If you think, you're dead. ~ Maverick (Tom Cruise), Top Gun

tactics position x
his position comes from the game Gunnar Andersen (2291) vs Apurva Virkud (2260), 2017 World Open, Round 9, Philadelphia, July 4, 2017. 
   In the position on the right it is White to move
   Answer below.

   The 45th Annual World Open was held from June 29-July 4, 2017 at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, 1201 Market St., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

   The World Open is held every year over 4th of July weekend, and attracts a large number of players from around the world.

   The tournament is 9 rounds long with different schedules available (play all of your games over 5 days, 4 days, 3 days, etc).

   There are also a lot of various side events, such as blitz tournaments and lectures by Grandmasters.

   I played in the World Open once, with my friend Pete Short, and it is a grueling tournament.  

   This year several of my friends played in the World Open including Brad Lundstrom, Chris Peterson, Alex Fishbein and Gunnar Andersen.  

   Gunnar did especially well, bringing home $2250 in prizes!  Congrats Gunnar!

    You can see all of the final standings for all of the sections and side events here: http://chessevents.com/worldopen/

   Here is the complete game:
[Event "World Open"]
[Site "Philadelphia"]
[Date "2017.07.04"]
[Round "9"]
[White "Andersen, Gunnar"]
[Black "Virkud, Apurva"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "B98"]
[WhiteElo "2291"]
[BlackElo "2260"]
[PlyCount "49"]
[EventDate "2017.06.30"]
[EventRounds "1"]
1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. Bg5 e6 7. Qe2 Be7 8. f4
Qc7 9. O-O-O Nbd7 10. g4 Rb8 11. Bg2 h6 12. Bh4 b5 13. e5 dxe5 14. Nc6 exf4 15.
Nxe7 g5 16. Nxc8 Rxc8 17. Bf2 b4 18. Nd5 Nxd5 19. Bxd5 Nc5 20. Bxc5 Qxc5 21.
Bxe6 fxe6 22. Qxe6+ Kf8 23. Qf6+ Kg8 24. Qg6+ Kf8 25. Rd7 1-0

   You can play through this game here:  https://denverchess.com/games/view/16810 with annotations by Gunnar.

   Answer:   15. Nxe7! Black cannot recapture because of 15...Kxe7 16. Nd5+ forking the King and Queen. The knight on f6 and the pawn on e6 are both pinned!
   Happy Tactics!
   Your Friend,

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