RJ & William Maligin

Last Sunday we had the RJ Shield Tournaments at Doncaster and Bentleigh. I attended the Bentleigh event which had a very good turn-out of 63 players and was won by William Maligin with 6.5/7. William was probably the only player who took my advice to move slowly and carefully and as a result was only in trouble in one game where he made a small mistake. Some of the other players moved like it was a 1 minute blitz tournament, paying no attention to what I had said. I berated one of my students afterwards asking “so why did you play so fast and blunder a winning position.” He did however have an unexpected excuse! “I wanted to go to the toilet” he replied!

Other than that, I hope everyone is following the Australian Olympiad teams and our 16U Olympiad teams playing in Turkey at the moment. The 16U live games are at http://live1.tsf.org.tr and the Olympiad games are at http://www.chessolympiadistanbul.com/livegames/.   A good strategy, if you can watch the games live, is to try to guess the players’ moves and then compare your move with the move that they actually make.  That way you can compare your ideas with the plans of our top players.

The Boys team started well with a 4-0 victory over Singapore and a 2.5-1.5 over Greece, but lost 1-3 against the second seeds, Iran in round 3.  Justin Tan is the team hero so far with 3-0.

In the adult Olympiad Australia beat Namibia 3-1 then drew with Norway 2-2 but lost to Mongolia 1.5-2.5 in round 3.

For today’s puzzle I have a position from the RJ Shield game between Lachlan Martin and Sam Trewin, both members of the Chess Kids Training Squad.  It’s Black’s move … can you find a winning line for him?

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