REGGIO EMILIA; ROUND 3 UPDATE

Quite the fighting round today!  Caruana lost… and Kamsky was lucky in that his opponent only had enough steam in his attack to secure a perpetual check draw.  I have to admit even when the people I am cheering on end up losing I still find the competitive struggle to be both fascinating and exciting.  Caruana will be a much more dangerous opponent for the other players now that he has had this loss in round 3.

With 3 out of 5 games decisive today we have lowered the draw rate to below 50% – which is a good thing!  Interesting enough the only games that were won by players using the Black pieces were the three wins in round one.  Since then there have been 5 wins with the white pieces – 2 in round 2 and 3 in round 3.  Shall we see 4 wins in round 4?  Let us all hope so!

BRUNELLO

BOLOGAN

WHITE to PLAY & WIN POINTS!

34. …Qd5 was a howler, why and how did Bologan take advantage of this move?

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GODENA

KAMSKY

BLACK to PLAY and DRAW?

Kamsky’s 33. Qc1 was a mistake – Why?  If you can find this combination then you my friend win 200 Master points!

Enjoy the puzzles from the 52nd Edition of Reggio Emilia – Chess Coach Sean.

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