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|Nationals Tactics Warm-Up|
|By Elizabeth Vicary|
|April 4, 2008|
It's a big weekend for U.S. Chess, with the Junior High Nationals
(Dallas, April 4-6) and the College Final Four (Baltimore, April 5-6).
Watch the games for both live on monroi and try your hand at this
tactics warm-up in which I.S. 318 coach Elizabeth Vicary picked ten critical positions from the Grade Nationals held in Houston, Texas in December 2007.
White found an idea that leads to a quick mate.
How could White have won?
White just played 35. Rd1?, countering the threat against f2 with a backrank checkmate. How could Black have won?
Here Black played 30... Rxd4, which wins one pawn back, but how could he have gotten two?
White to play and win.
White's last move was 18. Bg5. Why is this a blunder?
White found a winning combination here. What was it?
Find a winning idea for Black.
Taking on h3 looks tempting, but with which piece?
Black just blundered with 26... Be6?? How does White win immediately?
If you are a USCF member, you can read Vicary's article on the event, "Texas: A Growing Force in Scholastic Chess." Check your April Chess Life Magazine or read it online . Also don't miss her Nationals Preview from a few days ago.