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Here is a sample, with a fun tactic from a GM Nakamura blitz game
|Newsletter Issue #97||Tactics Time|
Today we are going to do something a little different. Instead of finding the correct move, I want you to find all the mates in one black has.
In the position on the right it is Black to move.
This position comes from a real game, played on the Internet Chess Club between Hikaru Nakamura (Smallville) against a computer known as Beast with a rating at the time of 3709! The time control was 3 minutes with a 1 second increment.
I first learned of this game from Life Master Joel Johnson’s book, Formation Attacks.
This game went an incredible 155 moves, and Nakamura humiliated the computer by underpromoting 5 pawns into knights!
Nakamura used a textbook “anti-computer” strategy of keeping the board closed, and shuffling his pieces around slowly.
Some interesting facts about Nakamura from Wikipedia:
Here is the complete game:
[Event “ICC 3 1″]
[Site “Internet Chess Club”]
[Black “Smallville = Nakamura”]
1. Nc3 g6 2. e4 Bg7 3. Bc4 e6 4. Nf3 Ne7 5. O-O d6 6. d4 O-O 7. Bg5 h6 8. Be3
Black has 4 unique mates in one:
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