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This week it is a practical lesson: solve six of these and write me in the morning…

We are very busy today. All sorts of things going on, including posting a lot of books.

So, this weeks training is the promised easier sheet (easier – not easy). The exercises can be found here and the solutions in pgn here.

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  1. Jacob Aagaard
    September 30th, 2013 at 18:59 | #1

    I have technical problems. The exercise sheet is ready, as is the solutions. I will upload them tomorrow.

  2. October 1st, 2013 at 20:09 | #2

    Is there a suggested time limit?

  3. PeterM
    October 1st, 2013 at 22:22 | #3

    Difficult enough for me.

    Number 1, 5 and 6 did i solve in the right way. For me number 5 was the easiest to find.

    Other three i missed, one time the best move to begin with, but not the right following up…..

    My rating at the moment is 2163.

  4. Jacob Aagaard
    October 2nd, 2013 at 11:33 | #4

    @dfan
    Maybe 60-75 minutes.

  5. Jacob Aagaard
    October 2nd, 2013 at 11:34 | #5

    @PeterM
    The GMs got 2/6 in the actual games, so I guess you did not do badly at all :-). Still easier than last time I hope.

  6. Peterm
    October 2nd, 2013 at 12:29 | #6

    @Jacob Aagaard
    Much easier indeed!

    Of great help are also your three questions, as also your advices in your attacking maual. In one exercise it helped me making the right choice between two good moves (to my relief i saw that both moves were good)

  7. SovietSchool
    October 2nd, 2013 at 20:02 | #7

    Please can some one tell me Who is to move in these positions?

  8. russell williams
    October 3rd, 2013 at 00:27 | #8

    I clicked on here but the problems did not appear

  9. October 3rd, 2013 at 01:06 | #9

    A team of a 1750, 1500, and two 800s (USCF) got #s 1 and 4 correct.

  10. Jacob Aagaard
    October 3rd, 2013 at 11:07 | #10

    @SovietSchool
    The text should say so?

  11. Jesse Gersenson
    October 3rd, 2013 at 11:10 | #11

    @russell williams
    Here are the positions:

    and here are the solutions:
    http://www.qualitychess.co.uk/ebooks/Solutions30sep2013.txt

  12. tonifa
    October 3rd, 2013 at 11:59 | #12

    1,5 & 6 Ok. 2,3 and 4 like the masters 😀
    Elo Fide 1818

  13. Jacob Aagaard
    October 3rd, 2013 at 12:48 | #13

    @tonifa
    🙂

  14. SovietSchool
    October 4th, 2013 at 09:07 | #14

    Got 1 2 3. But not 4 5 6

    I can see reasons I got 4 5 6 wrong so useful exercise.

    The original PDF did not say who was to move on my IPad so thanks to Jesse for reposting

  15. SovietSchool
    October 4th, 2013 at 09:10 | #15

    SovietSchool :
    Got 1 2 3. But not 4 5 6
    I can see reasons I got 4 5 6 wrong so useful exercise.
    The original PDF did not say who was to move on my IPad so thanks to Jesse for reposting

    By the way My Elo is 2105

  16. GM Rob
    October 4th, 2013 at 12:09 | #16

    1 – 4 were fine and position 6 I settled for the 2nd best move.
    In position 4 in a real game situation with the pressure of the clock I probably would have made the natural move that was actually played in the game but in the classroom environment wasn’t too difficult to find the better move. Position 5 concentrated my efforts on the right idea but just couldn’t make my calculations work
    Elo 2067

  17. Jacob Aagaard
    October 4th, 2013 at 12:57 | #17

    Well done. I think I will make this a monthly; first monday of the month!?

  18. tonifa
    October 4th, 2013 at 14:11 | #18

    Jacob Aagaard :
    Well done. I think I will make this a monthly; first monday of the month!?

    great news!!

  19. Jacob Aagaard
    October 4th, 2013 at 14:18 | #19

    Do anyone second this?

  20. richard
    October 4th, 2013 at 14:45 | #20

    Yes, seconded! Thanks for posting these.

  21. GM Rob
    October 4th, 2013 at 15:19 | #21

    Jacob
    If you have the time to do it every month then it’s great news!

  22. SovietSchool
    October 4th, 2013 at 17:06 | #22

    Would be great to have this monthly, and it is interesting to hear other people’s experiences with the exercises.

    One 1 got wrong as I did not look one move further after seeing the basic idea.

    Another I sacrificed too early instead of inviting everyone to the party

    And I missed one as I thought I saw a motif from a favourite game of Fischer Spassky Game 13 so overlooked a defence

  23. Seth
    October 5th, 2013 at 02:11 | #23

    Thirded or fourtheded!

    I’m going to do a few more from QCPB before having a crack at these.

  24. JB
    October 5th, 2013 at 14:46 | #24

    Fitheded ;-), nice idea. Although I haven’t yet found the time to do them…. Sunday with a cup or two of coffee :-).

  25. Jacob Aagaard
    October 5th, 2013 at 16:26 | #25

    My only request is that people give the score and rating for others to compare with :-).

  26. Boki
    October 5th, 2013 at 21:45 | #26

    5/6
    Fide 2260

  27. kratnasan
    October 5th, 2013 at 22:42 | #27

    Jacob Aagaard :
    My only request is that people give the score and rating for others to compare with .

    2/6 (no. 1 and 3), ELO around 1900

    • Jacob Aagaard
      October 6th, 2013 at 21:43 | #28

      Thx

  28. JB
    October 6th, 2013 at 13:41 | #29

    @Jacob Aagaard
    1 – same first move but hadn’t seen the follow-up, was just going for strategical edge.
    2 – yes, but with a mistake in calculation at move 5
    3 – yes
    4 – yes
    5 – yes
    6 – almost, but ultimately decided on wrong move with the original right move planned for move 3.

    Fide 1870

    • Jacob Aagaard
      October 6th, 2013 at 21:43 | #30

      Take a tick for the first one as well. I have GMs missing the idea of …Ne8.

  29. Clement
    October 6th, 2013 at 14:16 | #31

    SPOILER ALERT!!

    I was close to 100%. In puzzle 2 my solution continued after 30…f6 with what I thought was a beatiful point: 31.gxf6+? Nxf6 32.Rg8+ Kf7 33.Ng5+ Qxg5 34.Rg7+!!
    Unfortunately I missed 32…Kh6! and things are not easy 🙁

    • Jacob Aagaard
      October 6th, 2013 at 21:42 | #32

      Still going strong I see!

  30. sridhar
    October 7th, 2013 at 06:32 | #33

    I only got #1. I timed myself for 75 min. My rating is around 1900 USCF.

  31. Gerando
    October 7th, 2013 at 10:40 | #34

    2/6 and my elo is around 1950, but I was too fast and I must work on creating the habit of focusing and concentrating harder.

  32. Jacob Aagaard
    October 7th, 2013 at 10:46 | #35

    @Gerando
    Cool

  33. October 7th, 2013 at 21:09 | #36

    2/6 (1 and 3), USCF 2000. Like Gerando, I need to slow down a bit, calculate more, and rely less on intuition.

  34. Jacob Aagaard
    October 7th, 2013 at 21:49 | #37

    Intuition does not work for tactics 🙂

  35. Michael Bartlett
    October 7th, 2013 at 23:20 | #38

    Only got 1 and 3 (Spent 20 minutes on all of them).

    Unrated.

  36. Ray
    October 11th, 2013 at 11:09 | #39

    1: I played the wrong knight to the right place :-), after Ne8 following up with 2.Rd4 with the idea 3. Rg4. I missed the nice combination of your solution.
    2: I played the first three moves of your solution, but followed up with 4.Qc5 instead of 4.Qd4+
    3: I had this one correct
    4: I had this one correct as well
    5: I missed the fantastic point in my calculations and therefore settled for 1…Qg4
    6: I played the second best move
    So only 2,5 points… My rating is 2217 (FIDE) and I took 55 minutes for the excercise.

  37. John Cox
    October 13th, 2013 at 10:58 | #40

    2400, 40 minutes. All six, in the sense of choosing the right first move. Notwithstanding the GMs’ miserable performance in the games, this must be a very easy set, as normally my expected score would be something more like zero.

    1 – a curious puzzle to my mind; Ngh5 is just the obvious move and would still be even if White didn’t have his trick (which I don’t think you really need to see to go 1 Ngh5). I don’t much care for this type of puzzle where the idea is that you don’t need any idea, but perhaps it’s just me.

    2 Rd7 is of course a great move, but Ra8 with the idea of Qd8 is also crushing. Speaking of what humans see, this particular human saw gxf6+ Nxf6; Rg8+ and stopped there thinking he had the solution, but after …Kh6; Qxf6 Qxf6; Nxf6 Rf7 the ending is not really so clear at all. Given that White is better in the initial position, it would be mildly interesting to know if Caruana rejected Bxa6 because he saw that – it’s hard to believe he didn’t see it at all.

    3 Very easy as a puzzle, and still an astonishing miss for a good player in a game.

    4 Good puzzle

    5 Much easier as a puzzle than in a game but still a nice point.

    6 Didn’t see anything other than that Bxf6 didn’t work and that Ra3 stops …Nd7, which I take to be Black’s only idea (well, and …Nxd5, I suppose). Again Ra3 is just what you’d play in a blitz game, but at least here there’s a false trail.

    Enjoying these – thanks.

  38. Phille
    October 13th, 2013 at 11:45 | #41

    Again I had trouble with the pdf.(I tried to solve those puzzles bevor Jesse reposted them.) I saw the positions but not whose move it is.
    Elo 2140:
    1.) Missed it completely, although it seems obvious in retrospect.
    2.) Saw it, but missed Rd7.
    3.) Straightforward calculation.
    4.) 5.) Looked only for white ideas.
    6.) Looked at the sac on f6 and when it wasn’t working, I decided that it was probably black to move … 😉

  39. Michael Agermose Jensen
    October 13th, 2013 at 20:57 | #42

    5/6 in 20 minutes
    1) yes, but missed Ne8
    2) yes
    3) yes
    4) yes (Saw the position before and must have remembered something)
    5) yes
    6) saw Ra3, but forgot about the check so Bxf6 first.
    2050 elo

  40. Jasper
    November 9th, 2013 at 14:00 | #43

    I got 1, 2 and 4. On the 3 I only looked at black winning back the rook, completely missed the perpetual and so chose Kxe4. On 5 I didn’t see how to continue after 19. Nxh4…. And the last one I opted for Raf1, but didn’t find anything after Ne8.
    My Fide is 1896 and I used 60 mins.

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