Pigs on the Seventh

D. Southam (2180) – P. Manalo (1845), Annex CC Summer Love 2012

White’s advantage in this position is obvious. With Black’s last move, 1. … f6?, he has only weakened his seventh rank further, allowing for decisive penetration.

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Shutting the Back Door

B. Villavieja (2337) – R. Vrana (2201), Paul Keres Memorial, 2012

In this position, both kings find themselves under fire from their adversary’s heavy pieces. Black’s last move, 1. … Nf4, was a mistake, allowing white a thematic blow.


Criminal on the Loose

P. Michalik (2508) - E. Hansen (2539), Groningen Open 2012

Aron Nimzowitsch once said, "A passed pawn is a criminal which should be kept under lock and key. Mild measures, such as police surveillance, are not sufficient."


Less Is More


In the following endgames, these players make full use of all their options to obtain the best possible result. Can you spot these surprising moves?


Don't Overwork Your Pieces!

Starting Position

L. Mundwiler (2035) – A. Boron (1980), March TNT 2013

White has better coordinated pieces here as well as control over the key files. How does he realize his advantage?

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Tactics from the 2013 McGill Open Chess Championship

With the recent completion of the 2013 McGill Open Chess Championship, I bring to you a couple of hard-fought games in which one side was able to seal the deal with a decisive tactic. Can you spot what these players saw over the board and replicate their winning moves?


To Accept a Sacrifice

Initial Position

D. Dimitrijevic (2019) - A. Campos (1862), BC Senior Chess Championship 2013 White just played the stunning 1. Rg6, adding another attacker to the h6 square. Is it safe to accept this sacrifice or is the rook off limits?


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