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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

Lichess Puzzle #1: A Decoy and Fork Tactic Combination

It's Black to move and win some material. This is a pretty easy puzzle. To give some background, White played the knight from c4 to e3 in the previous move which gave rise to this tactical motif. The best move here is Nxe3 and after the queen takes the knight, the other knight will jump in to c2 and fork the queen, rook, and bishop. White saves the queen and Black is up the exchange.

Of course, the rest of the game is a whole different story. It doesn't mean that since Black won the exchange that it will result in a sure victory in the end. However, in this case, it was enough of an advantage for Black to win in the end.

Here is the rest of the game for your viewing pleasure:

While I'm at it, I took a look at the game where this puzzle was taken from. I just want to note that Black played the Pirc Defense and from that point, the engines were already indicating that White has a slight advantage over Black even though not much has really happened in the game yet.

Morever, according to the engine, Black was at a big disadvantage from move 9 when he played b5. Despite that shaky start, Black was able to turn the tables around at the end of the game to come out victorious. In fact, because of White's passivity and the blunder in move 21, Black converted the initial disadvantage into a miraculous comeback.

Of course, it would have been better if Black hadn't weakened his position right from the get-go. I don't blame him though as I have played in this way many times. As long as you have enough pieces on the board and you can create some counterplay, you should take your chances and give it all you got. Unless you're facing an elite chess master, the chances that your opponent will make few to zero mistakes is small. So wait for that opening and play solidly until the very end.


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