Licorice Torpedoes Challenge

posted Apr 30, 2016, 7:55 AM by Phil Morgan

Some of you may have enjoyed the recent Ultimate Blitz Challenge between Nakamura, Caruana, Wesley
So and Gary Kasparov. Nakamura won but it was great to see Kasparov competing again.

Nearer to home  4 club players,are fighting out the new Morgan's Sweets Licorice Torpedoes Challenge Tournament. The format, designed at the pub after the 2nd team's last League match is Best of 6 Matches,under  Notts League time-limits, with pre-declared openings. Players are Glenn v Phil, and Jerry v Bob.

Scores are level after 2 games in each match- 4 decisive wins for the players with the White pieces.

Brain Teasers 1 and 2

posted Jan 9, 2016, 3:35 PM by Phil Morgan   [ updated Mar 20, 2016, 11:28 AM by Steve Bak ]

1 Which football team has a couple of chess pieces missing?

Answer QPR

2 Magnus Carlssen v Fabiano Caruana Game 17/1/16

Magnus opened 1 g3, the first time he has played this move in a classical game.
Can you guess Fabiano's reply and both players second and third moves ? 
Clues - Black adopts a copycat approach. White's second move usually follows his first.The hardest move in the sequence to find is White's third.
Bonus points. Why did Magnus employ this unusual opening? What was the outcome? 

Answer 1 g3 was met by 1 ...g6.   2  Bg2   was met by   ...Bg7.   The third move  3 e4  was met by ... e5
I describe this as hard to find, because  1 g3 is often played by d4 rather than e4 players.
Magnus played this to avoid computer preparation, but Fabiano found a system to neutralise this and the game was drawn.

1-2 of 2