1. e4
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    19 May '23 09:051 edit

    Step into Magnus’s shoes and play chess... no... basketball just like him.

    Three puzzles to solve (clue and solutions in the blog. All are White to play.

    Gaal - Vidic, Budapest, 2021

    Krishna Teja, - Savic, Arandjelovac, 2021

    Suarez Real - Sielecki Online 4NCL 2021

    Then an in depth look at Anish Giri - Ding Liren, Superbet Chess Classic, 2023

    Blog Post 568
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    20 May '23 09:29
    Erm... surely in your first problem it's R1h6#? After R7h6 black has Kg7.
  3. e4
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    20 May '23 09:36
    Thanks Shallow-Blue, corrected it.

    (I would have spotted it eventually....but it was hidden. 🙂 )
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    20 May '23 10:02
    @greenpawn34 said
    Thanks Shallow-Blue, corrected it.

    (I would have spotted it eventually....but it was hidden. 🙂 )
    You're still thinking in descriptive notation, aren't you?
  5. e4
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    20 May '23 20:27
    Hi Shallow-Blue,

    I cut my teeth on descriptive and perhaps I might be doing that every now and then.
    But It's often just a typo as I carry the positions in my head when typing. My biggest
    sin is getting White and Black mixed up when adding notes and I've been doing that
    one since 1975.
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    22 May '23 14:39
    I was looking at possible continuations after 19...Nbd7 20.d5 Ne5 (mentioned in Geoff's note to Black's 19th move in Anish Giri - Ding Liren). The following chess movie starts from 19...Nbd7.



    Conclusion: Black is indeed okay after 19...Nbd7 20.d5 Ne5, but maintaining the balance seems to require Black to exercise more care than one might have expected.
  7. e4
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    24 May '23 21:452 edits
    His David.

    I never even considered Bxf6+ winning back the piece. That looks better. I went with
    the original idea, the theme, the pin on the f6 Knight and exploit it. after 20...Ne5


    I went with 21.Qe2 and f4 and e5 is in the wind.
    21.Qe2 Bd7 22.f4 Nxc4 23. Qxc4 Kg8.


    the e4 pawn is hit (Qxe4) , e4-e5 dxe5 fxe5 is not on because the g5 Bishop hangs
    and that was that. Unclearish - Black has to be careful. The game is still in the pot.
    But I'm thinking Black has weathered the storm.
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