SHELBY LYMAN ON CHESS
Being first for a team or an individual is difficult.
The U.S. team recently gave it a good try at the 2018 event in Batumi, Georgia, where the U.S. tied for first place with Russia and China.
But their streak of luck ended when tiebreakers resulted in a sole first place for China, leaving the U.S. in second and Russia in third place. China also won the women’s event, adding to their growing dominance on the world chess scene.
What’s next in 2020? Clearly the tension is building for these two rivals. Only weeks away is the 12-game world championship match between Magnus Carlsen and challenger Fabiano Caruana.
Can Carlsen win his fourth title match in a row?
He is clearly determined — resting himself for the event by skipping the Olympiad.
Can he work his unusual magic or is his dominance an illusion?
It is with heightened excitement that this writer waits for the the event to unfold.
Below is a blitz win by Hikaru Nakamura against Zaven Andriasian from the PRO Chess League All Stars. Andriasian Nakamura
1 e4 e5
2. Nf3 Nc6
3. Bc4 Bc5
4. d3 Nf6
5. O-O d6
6. N(b)d2 a6
Beginner’s Corner solution: 1. Qxf5ch Ke7 2. Qf7 mate.
28. Qxh6ch 29. Nf6ch White resigns O-O Ba7 h6
Be6 Re8 Qd7 Kh7 d5 d4 Bxf5 e4
Ne5 d3 d2
Nd3 Nxe4 Rxe4 Re1ch Qd6ch R(a)e8 Qd5 Kg8 gxf6