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Tactics: 22 Olympiad Critical Positions

The diagram shows 3 of the 22 Critical Positions in the Olympiad issue of Chess Canada:

GOTW: Leonardi - Ouellet, Baku Olympiad, 2016

The Canadian Game of the Week comes from round 7 of the 2016 Women's Olympiad in Baku. In the diagram, Canada's Maili-Jade Ouellet has Black against Slovenia's Caterina Leonardi. What's better: ...Rc4 or ...Nb4. One wins, the other allows an incredible draw.

BOTW: 2016.12.09

This week's Best of the Web: 8 of the world's top 10 play in the London Classic (Dec. 9-18, 2016); interviews with the late Mark Dvoretsky; videos of the late Mark Taimanov; and an excerpt from "Dvoretsky's Endgame Manual" where he analyzes an excellent rook ending played by Taimanov.

Lefong Hua scores first IM Norm

Canadian FM Lefong Hua earned his first IM Norm in the 2016 Autumn Invitational at the St.Louis Chess Club, November 17-22, 2016.
Lefong scored 6.5/9 to tie atop the IM Norm group with US FM Konstantin Kavutskiy, each earning an IM Norm.

Upcoming Events: 2016.12

A typically light December schedule of six events across Canada, as even chess players think of other things during the holidays...

GOTW: Martinez - Zhou, 2016 Women's Continental Ch.

Our Game of the Week is Canadian Women's Champion Qiyu Zhou's crazily complicated Ruy Lopez from round 6 against WIM Ayelen Martinez from Argentina.
It is White to move in the diagram. White had played a strong Novelty on move 19 to improve on a Judit Polgar game, and Black (Qiyu) has just played 21...d5 to get some counterplay in the center. What should White play now?

Happy Birthday Magnus Carlsen ...and still WC!

Magnus Carlsen celebrated his 26th birthday by winning the four-game tie-breaks over Sergei Karjakin in New York, and so retains his World Championship title.

The position is from game 4 of the Rapid tie-breaks. Karjakin had been forced to overpress as Black to win and tie the match. Here it is White to move. Can you find the way to end the match in style the way Magnus Carlsen did here as White?

BOTW: 2016.11.30

The World Championship tie-break -- Wed. Nov. 30, 2 pm EST -- is the Best of the Web.

Happy 50th Birthday: Evgeny Bareev

Evgeny Bareev turns 50 today: November 21, 2016.
To mark the occasion, we have a sort of "reverse present": a gift from the birthday boy to you. Evgeny Bareev annotates one of his wins from the 2016 Baku Olympiad.

BOTW: 2016.11.18

Houdini Returns from the Dead (sort of), Stockfish 8 released, and the top two computers and humans continue to battle it out in the biggest matches of 2016... in this week's Best of the Web.

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