Wijk ann Zee Hors D’Oeuvre

Greetings Chess Players. My name is Chris Torres and this is my daily chess musing for January 14, 2021.

For nearly 12 months, chess devotees have needed to manage without traditional chess competitions. The 2021 Tata Steel Chess Tournament, which officially begins tomorrow, will not only fulfill our desire to watch the best chess players play over the board chess again but should be viewed as a large step in the   direction toward normalcy. 

To celebrate this historic achievement, I will be providing daily updates of the 2021 Tata Steel Chess Tournament with my Daily Chess Musings. And tonight, to whet your appetite, I am sharing a position from round 10 of the 2014 Tata Steel Masters between Fabiano Caruana and Arkadij Naiditsch. We join the game right after Fabiano Caruana plays 37. Rxb7 as white. Can you spot Arkadij Naiditsch’s beautiful combination to win with the black pieces?

Mark your calendars because round 1 of the Tata Steel Chess Tournament commence on January 16th at 14:00 local time in Wijk aan Zee. Be sure to visit TataSteelChess.com for more information and feel free to visit the Daily Chess Musings YouTube channel to see recaps of the day’s excitement in my daily chess musings. 


The match pictured between Fabiano Caruana and Arkadij Naiditsch is from GRENKE Chess Classic (2013), Baden-Baden GER

The Coronavirus Chess Image is from Shutterstock Royalty-free stock illustration ID: 1698537736


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[Event “Tata Steel Masters”]

[Site “Wijk aan Zee NED”]

[Date “2014.01.25”]

[EventDate “2014.01.11”]

[Round “10”]

[Result “0-1”]

[White “Fabiano Caruana”]

[Black “Arkadij Naiditsch”]

1. Nf3 Nf6 2. g3 d5 3. Bg2 g6 4. c4 dxc4 5. Na3 Bg7 6. Nxc4 c5

7. Nfe5 O-O 8. d3 Nd5 9. Qb3 e6 10. O-O Qc7 11. f4 Nd7 12. Bd2

b6 13. Nf3 Bb7 14. e4 Nb4 15. Bc3 b5 16. Bxg7 Kxg7 17. Qc3+ f6

18. Ncd2 Qd6 19. a3 Nc6 20. Nb3 Rac8 21. Rac1 Ne7 22. e5 Qb6

23. exf6+ Rxf6 24. Kh1 Nd5 25. Qd2 c4 26. dxc4 bxc4 27. Nbd4

Nc5 28. Rc2 Nd3 29. b3 Nb2 30. Ne5 c3 31. Qf2 Rd8 32. Re1 Nxf4

33. gxf4 Rxd4 34. Rxc3 Nd1 35. Rc7+ Kg8 36. Qc2 Rdxf4 37. Rxb7

Nf2+ 38. Kg1 Nh3+ 39. Kh1 Rf1+ 0-1

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Chris Torres is a nationally renowned scholastic chess coach working in 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. Chris Torres served as the President of the Torres Chess and Music Academy from 2005-2020 and currently is recognized as a correspondence chess master with the United States Chess Federation. Since 1998 Chris Torres has taught 6 individual national champions as well as led multiple school teams to win national championship titles. In addition, Chris Torres has directed and taught at 10 different schools which have been California State Champions at chess. In 2011 and 2012, several former and current students of Chris Torres have been selected to represent the United States at the World Youth Chess Championships. 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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