Daily Rome Shot 696

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Meanwhile,… I had a request to make the puzzle image larger.  Do you also want the variety of board and pieces or does that not make any difference?   This look reminds me of my childhood, yearning for the newspaper each day during Fisher v. Spassky.

White to move, of course, as indicated by the notation.

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

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In chess news yesterday in the American Cup going on in St. Louis, Wesley So (yay!) duked it out with the always deadly Fabiano Caruana.  Wesley (yay! – he’s a solid Christian gent and lives in my native place) sent Fabi down to the lower bracket when he will face Aronian.  Wesley must now go up against Hikaru Nakamura.  This will be tough, to say the least.  Hikaru has been very strong in the classical format lately.

In my chess news, yesterday I played a couple OTB against the group’s strongest (probably).  Both time black.  I played as if I had never heard of “middle game”.  Strong out of my opening, when I was clearly up, I completely went to the zoo in the late middle game.  A couple of bad words offered themselves to me, but only in Russian, so I kept them to myself.  It’s my pattern: obtain a strong position and then snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.   There was no handy bridge to hurl myself off of, so I resolved to do better today.   What I need is a coach.   I renew my call for a Catholic Grand Master to give me a hand.  Anyone?  Know someone?  Know someone who knows someone?

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  1. WVC says:

    My take:
    1. Rxb7 Nxb7
    2. Qxe6+ Kh8
    3. Qxc8+ Nd8

    Then either Qxd8 or Rf8.

  2. Synonymous_Howard says:

    1. Rf8+ Rxf8
    2. Rxf8+ Kxf8
    3. Qxh7

  3. VForr says:

    What a fantastic photo. I am excited for the ones you will be taking and sharing soon during your travels in Rome, Father.

  4. White to move. Look at those rooks.

    1. Rf8+ Rxf8
    2. Rxf8+ Kxf8
    3. Qxh7

  5. Panterina says:

    Speaking of Catholic GMs, only the late Fr. William Lombardy comes to mind. If he were still alive, I’m sure your getting together would have been mutually beneficial.

    On a related note, Wesley So is the only GM that I know about who wears his faith on his sleeve. Here’s a very interesting testimony from him about his faith journey and how he says he was told to keep quiet about it: https://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2017/september/im-rare-breed-elite-chess-player-whos-open-about-his-faith.html

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