... the weather of course !
A recently completed ChessWorld game between players from British Columbia, Canada & Michigan, USA - it's clearly winter over there currently. Only one player kept their eye on the ball, however.
👍 Explore tactical thinking in these 10 positions
Find the win for White
- from Kings, Commoners & Knaves by Edward Winter
It would seem immediately obvious that White mates quickly by 1 Qxh7+ Kxh7 2 Rh3+ Kg6 3 Ne7#
or 1 Ne7+ Kh8 2 Qxh7+ Kxh7 3 Rh3# or 1 Nf6+ gxf6 2 gxf6+ Kh8 3 Qxh7+ Kxh7 4 Rh3#
Standard mating combinations - but there is no mate. All the above variations are impossible owing to the pin by Black's bishop on b7
So, the winning line is... ?
On 14 January 2021 we celebrate World Logic Day. UNESCO proclaimed World Logic Day in 2019 to enhance public understanding of logic and its implications for science, technology and innovation.
Researchers over the years have found enough evidence that show a direct correlation between playing chess and improvement in logical thinking. Chess has now become an integral part of daily lives and games are available for desktops, tablets and smartphones – online, offline and through apps for people to play and enjoy whenever and wherever they want.
The beauty of chess is it can be whatever you want it to be. It transcends language, age, race, religion, politics, gender and socioeconomic background. Whatever your circumstances, anyone can enjoy a good fight to the death over the chess board. - Simon Williams GM
In the diagram - White looks to win a pawn with 23 Bxb6. Will this give White a winning edge ?
😎 Video - IM John Bartholomew v GM Simon Williams in blitz playoff (7:14)
'In December 2016, I played in a 13-round blitz tournament organized by the Battersea Chess Club in London, England. The time control was 3 minutes with a 2 second increment' - Simon Williams
👍 Article - Top 10 myths about chess