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is chess in the Olympics

  There is currently no chess in the Olympiad. The Chess Olympiad is a chess competition officially organized by FIDE since 1927 and takes place in even-numbered years. Before World War II the event was occasionally held every year. There was also an unofficial Chess Olympiad series that ended in 1976. Although chess is covered in the sports sections of many newspapers around the world, it is not one of the recognized sports in the Olympic Games. However, FIDE is now a member of the International Olympic Committee and follows its rules. This means that chess could one day become an Olympic event, although most knowledgeable observers say this is unlikely. The World Chess Championship is a competition held annually by the international chess organization FIDE to determine the World Champion of chess. Both men and women are eligible to participate in this championship. The World Champion does not have to be the player with the highest Elo rating: the 2006-2007 World Champion, Vladimir Kr

Tactics Puzzle #5 (Easy)

Let's have another edition of tactics puzzles. All of these were taken from my games online. This is an easy version so this would only test your basic knowledge or awareness of tactics. Remember that if you look for them, you will be able to find tactics in different positions. Even seemingly boring or symmetrical positions can turn into a blood bath in the blink of an eye. Of course, these following puzzles do not have that feature but they are useful nonetheless.

#1: In this first puzzle, it's White to play. I think it's quite obvious that this is a big advantage for White. Hint: Oftentimes, when the h-file or a-file is open and the king is castled on that side, it often exposes the king to threats. In this case, White can easily get the upper hand.


#2: It's White's turn to play. This one's a pretty simple tactic which I missed. I was a bit short-sighted and I didn't notice that there was a very obvious way to get the advantage. Because I missed this tactic, I eventually lost the game.


#3: White to play. This last puzzle also seems pretty obvious. When you've got two rooks on the second or seventh rank, you know there's going to be trouble. Black's pieces are all over the place and the king is almost bare in terms of defense. There are two ways to approach this position. One way is more direct while the other takes a bit of time.



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