Meanwhile, black to move. Force mate in three.
NB: I’ll hold comments with solutions ’till the next day so there won’t be “spoilers” for others.
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In chessy news, in St Louis the 9LX continues. It has been a lot of fun watching the players. 9LX or Fischer Random is a chess variant where the pieces start in randomized along the first rank, provided that the bishops are on different colors and castling is possible. There are 960 possible positions. The player can’t do long prep. The tournament format is a 10-player round-robin, with a time control of 20 minutes per side plus a 5-second increment added every move.
This is not for ELO so they are really interacting as they receive the set ups for the next game, sitting and standing around boards, debating. Then the games start and there is real pressure from the clock. Eventually as pieces clear, it turns into “standard chess”. Until then it is pretty hairy. Fischer Random really puts juice back into the fruit. Levon Aronian and Sam Sevian were leading after day 2. Fabi, Wesley and Sam are a point behind. It has been great watching Garry Kasparov play. Intense guy.
St. Louis Chess Club has some good photos.
Kasparov look at an opening set up with my guy Wesley So and Hikaru Nakamura.
Getting ready, looking at the set up. Left to right, Sam Sevian, Sam Shankland, Ray Robson, Wesley So, Jeffrey Xiong.