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V Ivanchuk v Lafuente, Gibraltar 2011



I was lucky enough to visit Gibraltar to watch some of the 2011 tournament, including this game. One of fond my memories was listening to Chucky in his post mortem analysis of this game. Incredible, humbling, to witness his speed of thought.

At times, the compère- if I recall correctly, Stuart Conquest- had to intervene, to ask Chucky to slow down and explain things to the audience, and this position was one: he saw the concluding combination several moves before, and it was all obvious to him.

Here, 1 Nc6! with the idea 1…Rc6 2 Ra5+ and mate next move, since Rc6-a6 is unprotected. Or, if 1…Ra7!, seeking to benefit from the self pin Nc6 creates, 2 Rb5! and 2…Rc6 3 Rb8 mate.


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Chris Torres is a nationally renowned scholastic chess coach working in both Bakersfield and the San Francisco Bay Area. His classes have attracted players of strengths ranging from rank beginners to world champions. A chess professional since 1998, Chris is widely recognized as one of the main driving forces behind the explosion in popularity and sudden rise in quality of scholastic chess in California. Currently, Chris Torres has the ranking of candidate master and serves as the President of the Torres Chess and Music Academy. Mr. Torres’ hobbies include playing classical guitar and getting his students to appear on the national top 100 chess rating lists.

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