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NB: I’ll hold comments with solutions ’till the next day so there won’t be “spoilers” for others.
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Meanwhile, at Tata Steel, Magnus Carlsen has climbed back to 3rd at 6/10 with He is behind Nordibek and Anish. There are three rounds left. Can he pull it off?
Meanwhile, chess.com is undergoing a serious evolution. Their servers are overwhelmed with the numbers of new subscribers. 502 pages are common. The numbers are astonishing. From a couple of days ago, chess.com put out an article explaining that they had 300K new subscribers in a single day. 31.7 million games were played on 20 January alone. The databases can’t write fast enough.
Chess is exploding.
With that in mind, I’d like to mobilize the readership in an ACTION ITEM.
Does anyone know a Catholic Grand Master who practices not just chess but the Faith (preferably in a traditional way). If so, I have a proposal. Write to me HERE with “Catholic Grand Master” in the subject line.
Catholic Chess playoff of your followers? I’m in!
Assuming it’s White to move:
1. Bg6 (discover attack on the Black queen and threatening Qxf7#),
1…Nxe5 (protecting f7 and attacking the White queen. If 1…fxg6, 1…Bf6 or 1…0-0 to protect from mate, then 2.Rxd4 +-).
2.Rxe5 (renewing the double attack), Qxd1+
3. Nxd1 hxg6 White is better.
If 2…fxg6 (or 2…Bf6 or 2….0-0 as above to avoid mate), then 3. Rxd4 +-
One of my sons and I usually have a game going on chess . com. That explains why the server has been sluggish the last few days sometimes even rejecting my move but usually working after a few tries.
Are the third and fourth lines referring to two women, one named Constantia Att(h)ica and the other Artemia, or three women: Constantia, Att(h)ica, and Artemia?