Blunders are horrible, destroying a well-played game. Well, you may not feel that bad if you know that the World Champion also makes blunders. Magnus Carlsen blundered a full piece in this recent game. Carlsen just played 45. Rg8?? (from b8). What should Black do? (The answer is under the board.)
To avoid these blunders, ask yourself the following questions:
1. Why did my opponent make his last move?
2. What should I play in response to that move?
3. What will my opponent play after I make my move?
Answer: 45... Ne7! The discovered attack threatens both the rook and the knight. If White tries 46. Rxg7 to capture the knight, 46... Rxd3+ wins the White knight with check. After 47. Kc4 Rd7, Black will be up a knight for a pawn.
I played 9th Annual Philadelphia Metropolitan Scholastic Grade/H.S. Chess Championships in the past Saturday. Drexel University’s LeBow College of Business supports this tournament by awarding one sophomore or junior the opportunity to attend their business camp at no cost (a $750 value). According to their website: This engaging 10-day program, run by LeBow College of Business faculty, will allow this student to participate in the Business Summer Economics Institute. (N.B. Winner must apply and be accepted; GPA and standardized tests must align with Drexel Admissions averages.) It was not too difficult for me to win the tournament. I am really looking forward to going to this camp next July. Also congratulations to my students for winning the first place club team trophy.
Thanks Mr. Jim Doyle for taking these pictures. He was at the tournament because he is writing a story for Chess Life for Kids.