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  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 Daily Puzzle #2: Line Clearance Tactic

Now, it's time for the daily puzzle. This one is also pretty easy and it involves the tactic called line clearance. The White king is in a very precarious and tight spot but it's not checkmate yet. However, Black can force the mate with the pretty neat line clearance tactic.

If Black were to form a battery on the first rank that would be too slow and White could just sacrifice one of his pieces to avoid an immediate mate. In fact, he might even be able to hold his position if Black didn't act right away. So in this case, Black should go all guns blazing and play Rxa3+, forcing White to make a decision, either of which would still lose for White.

Whether White takes the rook with the pawn or the rook, the end is the same. Only, if he were to take it with the king, the right follow-up would be Qa1#. And if he were to take with the pawn, as in this puzzle, the right move is Qb1#. Here's the simulator for you to check out:


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