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As I was looking for news about Benedict XVI on ANSA (Italian news service) I saw a front page piece about two Iranian gals who recently competed in the FIDE World Rapid Championships in Kazakhstan… without hijab.  They are now – for obvious reasons – seeking asylum in Spain.  ANSA says that, according the news agency Hrana between 26 Sept and 7 Dec some 500 people have been killed in 1200 protests in 161 cities including 69 dead children with arrests of over 18000.

Black to move and win, but it’s going to cost.

NB: I’ll hold comments with solutions ’till the next day so there won’t be “spoilers” for others.

In more chess news… this is crazy…

After a dramatic finish to the FIDE World Rapid Championship in Kazakhstan on Wednesday, lopsided round-one matchups seemed unlikely to produce comparable tension. In a surprise twist, this couldn’t have been further from the truth. The news of the round was undoubtedly Carlsen arriving late to the board and playing his entire game against GM Vladislav Kovalev with 30 seconds on his clock. 59 moves later the world champion secured a win and it was later revealed that he was “stuck in traffic” after going skiing earlier in the day.


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  1. Synonymous_Howard says:

    1. … Nxf2
    2. Kxf2 Bd4+
    3. Kf3 Qe4#
    3. Kf1 Qe3
    And white cannot stop 4. … Qf2#

  2. My take:

    Black to move and win.
    1. … Nf2 (sac!)
    2. Kxf2 Qe3+ (sac!)
    3. Kxf3 Bd4+
    4. Kf3 Ne5#

    If 4. Kd3 then Ne5#

    If 3. Kf1 (declining the Q sac) Bd4

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