Daily Rome Shot 693

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In chess news, the American Cup is underway in St. Louis with the strongest American players in men’s and women’s categories. It’s a complicate system of matches. On the men’s side

GM Hikaru Nakamura
GM Fabiano Caruana
GM Wesley So
GM Leinier Dominguez
GM Levon Aronian
GM Sam Shankland
GM Ray Robson
GM Sam Sevian

Personally, I would like to see Wesley So do well.

Some of these players, including the women, are also playing in the Pro Chess League on the same day!   Of course PCL is Rapid and American Cup is Classical.  Grueling.

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White to move and mate!

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

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Tenebrae at Ephesus


These are the RESPONSORIES of Tenebrae for all three days of the Triduum.  They are, arguably, the most beautiful chants of the entire liturgical year.


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  1. jaykay says:

    The basilica of San Lorenzo in Lucina. I wondered about the inscription on the ceiling “An. Dom. MDCCCLXXVII”, but it seems it was actually installed in 1857. And I thought it might have a Laurentine connection, seeing the two grille images to the right and left of the high Altar. All is explained herein:


  2. WVC says:

    I was thinking:
    1. Rxa4 Pxa4
    2. Ne5 Pa3
    3. Nxf7#

    But, if Black sees it coming and clears out the pawn to h6 to give the Black King some relief, I’m not sure what to do. I can’t figure out how to trap and take the King, meanwhile Black’s pawn would be home free to a Queening. So I’m stumped.

    If Black moves the Rook to threaten the king, then Rxa7.

  3. Rook and Knight endgame!

    White to move and mate.

    1. Rxa4 bxa4
    2. Nh6 a3
    3. Kxf7 a2
    4. Kf8 a1=Q
    5. Mf7#

  4. WVC says:

    I started on the right track – I just didn’t make it all the way to the right conclusion.

  5. jaykay says:

    And that, of course, should be “MDCCCLVII”.

    “Think before you post”.


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