PogChamps 3 Chess Puzzles: Day 8

PogChamps 3 Chess Puzzles: Day 8‎

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24 | Tactics

Tactics made all the difference on the eighth day of PogChamps 3 presented by GRIP6. Commentator WFM Alexandra Botez pointed out that Tubbo had been grinding in puzzles, and it showed. MoistCr1tikal's coach GM Daniel Naroditsky said that Charlie's lack of puzzle training was his ruin.

All in all, there's one critical lesson you should take: practice tactics as much as you can. Do it every day, and you'll see tremendous improvement!


Tubbo vs. Michelle Khare

Tubbo impressed viewers in his first PogChamps match victory. Michelle seemed to have the upper hand after the opening in both games, but Tubbo caught up to her.

Game 1, Puzzle 1 - Michelle to play

Game 1, Puzzle 2 - Michelle to play

Game 1, Puzzle 3 - Tubbo to play

Game 2, Puzzle 1 - Tubbo to play

CodeMiko vs. MrBeast

The match between CodeMiko and MrBeast featured the most inexperienced players in the tournament. However, MrBeast did say he played a lot with his friends, which certainly helped him win. The ignored hanging pieces and missed tactics show us that beginners can really benefit from tactical training.

Game 2, Puzzle 1 - CodeMiko to play

Game 2, Puzzle 2 - MrBeast to play

MoistCr1tikal vs. Ludwig

In one of the best matches in PogChamps 3 so far, the encounter between PogChamps veterans, MoistCr1tikal and Ludwig, came down to nerves and puzzles. Ludwig lost the first game but turned the table after trapping Cr1tikal's knight in game two and winning his queen in the tiebreaks.

Game 1, Puzzle 1 - Ludwig to play

Game 2, Puzzle 1 - Ludwig to play

This is a common trap on the Alapin Sicilian. Can you see the move Ludwig played?

Game 2, Puzzle 2 - MoistCr1tikal to play

Trading when you're ahead in material is a good idea. However, don't try to do it without thinking every move through or you might blunder like Ludwig did. Fortunately for him, Charlie missed the following tactic:

Game 2, Puzzle 3 - Ludwig to play

Game 3, Puzzle 1 - Ludwig to play

Ludwig found this amazing combination!

If you want check out what happened during the eighth day of PogChamps 3, you can read Chess.com's report here. For more information on PogChamps, read this guide. Also, make sure to tune into Chess.com's daily coverage of PogChamps 3 presented by GRIP6 on Chess.com/tv.

Could you find the right moves in each of these positions? How difficult was it for you to find them? Leave a comment below to let us know!


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