Home Page arrow Chess Life Online arrow 2008 arrow April arrow Nationals Tactics Warm-Up
Nationals Tactics Warm-Up Print E-mail
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.

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

 White found an idea that leads to a quick mate. 

Show Solution

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

How could White have won?

Show Solution

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?

Show Solution

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

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

Show Solution

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

White to play and win.

Show Solution

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

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

Show Solution

Vaidya,Chaitanya N - Guadalupe,Francisco (2226)

White found a winning combination here. What was it?

Show Solution

Estrada,Nelly (1978) - Fung,Samuel

Find a winning idea for Black.

Show Solution

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

 Taking on h3 looks tempting, but with which piece? 

Show Solution

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

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

Show Solution

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.

April - Chess Life Online 2008

Kaufman and Foygel Lead SeniorHow Wojo Won: Part VI, the King's Indian DefenseSenior Open Update GM Joel on Online Lessons78 Seniors Battle in Boca RatonFantasy Chess 2008!Gata Missteps in BakuAlisa Earns IM Norm; Angelo Takes 1stWinners in at Girls NationalsKamsky Joins Leaders in BakuAll-Girls Nationals StandingsBaku Grand Prix UpdateLenderman Wins Online Grand PrixAlisa Scores WGM Norm Girls Nationals Kicks Off on Friday Mr. Postman, Have You Got A Letter For Me? Play in USCF/WCL Grand Prix!Photo Essay from Atlanta Bhat and Krush Win Samford Interview and Analysis with Vigorito Nip on Regis & KellyMelekhina Earns 2nd WIM norm Hilton On Not Winning NationalsChicago Norm Hunt IntensifiesKamsky Scores in Baku Fiery Chess in Chicago Dramatic Sunday in AtlantaSeniors, Collectors and Hall of Famers Meet in Florida Baku Grand Prix Begins SundayHigh School Nationals Kicks Off Nicholas Nip to Appear on Regis & KellyHilton Previews High School Kaidanov Dominates GausdalBarclay and Amanov Take Park ForestThree IMs Top Spring VikingAliyev Wins Battle of the CarolinasVigorito, Bhat, Robson and Sevillano Move to SemisForeclosure Doctors Win PlayoffsJen on Burning Boards II and the USCL Bubble Amateur Team Champs Face Off on Saturday61 Memorable Games: A Hoax Wild Cards AnnouncedJorge Strikes AgainJunior High Nationals Wrap-UpUTD Takes Final FourJunior High Down to WireFinal Four in BaltimoreJunior High UpdateIrina Krush Wins Challenge MatchNationals Tactics Warm-UpTodd On Tulsa GM Joel on Even Stronger ComputersE.Vicary Previews NationalsKrush-Mrktchian Match Kicks OffQualifier Open: A Qualified Success New Findings on Gender and Tactics