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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.

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Sakai,Hibiki (1916) - Foley,Sayaka (1557)

 White found an idea that leads to a quick mate. 

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Morales,Luciana (2099) - Kiewra,Keaton (2317)


How could White have won?

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Kiewra,Keaton (2317) - Ortiz,Nadya Karolina (2250)

White just played 35. Rd1?, countering the threat against f2 with a backrank checkmate. How could Black have won?

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Jiang,Winston (1388) - Pamatmat,Jarod (1998)

Here Black played 30... Rxd4, which wins one pawn back, but how could he have gotten two?

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Lu,Eric (1808) - Hochman,Catherine (1582)

White to play and win.

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Lu,Tommy (1416) - Adelberg,David (1803)


White's last move was 18. Bg5. Why is this a blunder?   

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Vaidya,Chaitanya N - Guadalupe,Francisco (2226)

White found a winning combination here. What was it?

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Estrada,Nelly (1978) - Fung,Samuel

Find a winning idea for Black.

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Guadalupe,Francisco (2226) - Rodriguez,Eric (2224)

 Taking on h3 looks tempting, but with which piece? 

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Guadalupe,Francisco (2226) - Rodriguez,Eric (2224)

Black just blundered with 26... Be6?? How does White win immediately?
 

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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.
 
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