Chess Puzzle with FIDE Master Dennis Monokroussos
A new World Chess Championship match opens this Thursday (November 7) with play beginning on Saturday (November 9). This contest between world champion Viswanathan Anand and his young challenger, Magnus Carlsen, is one of the most eagerly awaited championship matches in chess history, and I hope all of you will spend some time following the action over the next few weeks. (It will be covered on many websites, including my personal blog.) It will be a clash of generations, styles, and of two different approaches to the game, and that ought to make for a very dynamic and exciting match.
To start getting ready for the match, let’s throw in a bonus puzzle this week – one for each of the contestants.
First, here is one from a game played by the champion, Viswanathan Anand. This was played in 1987, back when both he and his opponent, the British super-grandmaster Michael Adams, were still in their teens. Adams has just played his knight from f6 to d5, and while that’s usually a pretty good move in positions like this, putting the knight on a nice central square and blockading the d-pawn, it’s a big mistake here. The first move is obvious, and it wouldn’t have missed Adams’ attention either. The main point is a finesse afterwards, and you must find that too to get full credit.
Next up, a chess puzzle feature a game from Magnus Carlsen. Carlsen is still quite young – he’s just 22 – but this position comes from a chess match played when he was only around 12 and a half years old, about half a year before becoming a grandmaster. White has a monster attack going, but as he has sacrificed a piece he’d better have something good. How did Carlsen crash through?
Please go ahead and discuss below. What do you think? Add your opinion and we’ll take a look next week at how the game ended and why.