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Spanish Team Championship – Primera Divison

Linares has been for a long time the heart of chess. The history of the events held in this city goes back to 1978. It started as a non-elite tournament until 1987, when the tournament was postponed, as the city was hosting a very important event – the Candidates’ Final between Karpov and Sokolov. Starting with 1988, it became the home of the elite event everybody knows. It continued until 2010 with the exception of 1993, when the Women’s World Championship was held here.

Even though the economical situation has made it impossible for Linares to host this strong event again, the city hasn’t turned its back to chess. For a few years now, the traditional tournament has been replaced by the Spanish National Championships (team and individuals).

This year’s chess festival has started on 8th of August, with the Team Championship – Primera Division and will end on 31st of August with the Open Championship.… Read more

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Morning chess tactic

Today’s position is from one of my games in the Spanish Team Championship in 2013, I was white against the young spanish IM Jaime Santos Latasa (2452).

Black’s last move was 31..Kh7. Can you spot the best continuation for white?

Written by (IM) Renier Castellanos

Solution to yesterday’s tactic:

34…Rb1+! 35.Bf1 (35.Kh2 is just bad because 35…Rxd6 36.exd6 Qxd6+) …Qb5!! 36.Rxd8 Qxf1+ 37.Kh2 Qg1+ 38.Kg3 Rb3 39.Rd3 and here the key move of the whole variation …g5!! white is lost as he can’t prevent f5-f4+. The game went on with 40.Qxg5 Rxd3+ 41.f3 Qe1+ 42.Kh3 Rxf3+! White Resigns. A beautiful finnish by GM Michael Roiz.

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