We have an exciting couple of weeks coming up with the RJ Shield and the National Interschool Open being held near Kyneton from 27 Nov – 29 Nov.   Playing at a country resort instead of Monash University will be a bit of a change, but New Zealand are sending over four strong teams to challenge Australia’s best teams so it should be a great competition.

Meanwhile, over in Brazil the World Youth Championships start today.  The Australian team includes Victorians Justin Tan (in the U14) and Karl Zelesco (in the U/12) whose results I will follow with great interest.   Karl in particular is very good for his age and must have a chance for a high placing.   I watched his games at the State Finals recently and he played like a master for most of the time.

To compete successfully at that level you have to have a keen eye for tactics.  The basic advice that I give students is to “examine all checks and captures” but at a higher level that is not enough.  Some combinations are based on themes such as “overloaded piece” which do not involve either check or captures and so are much harder to spot.   Let’s see how you cope with this harder sort of problem in today’s puzzle.

[fen caption=”White to play”]2k5/2p5/1p1rn1p1/5p2/q2b4/6P1/P2RQPB1/3R2K1 w – – 0 1[/fen]

ANSWER:

White wins with the great move 1.Bd5!! Black is then faced with the forced loss of a piece as 1…Rxd5 2.Qxe6+ Qd7 3.Qxd7 Rxd7 4.Rxd4 leaves White a rook ahead.

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