PogChamps 3 Chess Puzzles: Day 9

PogChamps 3 Chess Puzzles: Day 9

| 17 | Tactics

The first day of matches in the champions bracket of PogChamps 3 presented by GRIP6 was an exciting one, with two of the strongest players in the tournament advancing to the semifinals.

xQc vs. Sardoche

Sardoche's opening preparation helped him to defeat xQc and advance to the next phase of the tournament. However, xQc missed a few tactics that would've given him the win.

Game 1, Puzzle 1 - xQc to play

Game 2, Puzzle 1 - Sardoche to play

Sardoche found this tactic that helped him turn the first game around.

Game 2, Puzzle 2 - Sardoche to play

Benjyfishy vs. Daniel Negreanu

Negreanu put up a good fight against Benjyfishy but made some tactical errors that cost him the match.

Game 1, Puzzle 1 - Negreanu to play

The first game between Negreanu and Benjyfishy was decided on endgame knowledge. Benjy had a better pawn structure but couldn't convert. Daniel played some imprecise moves that delayed his win. Can you see how Negreanu could've won the game sooner?

Game 2, Puzzle 1 - Benjyfishy to play

Do you see the move that helped Benjy win the first game?

Game 2, Puzzle 2 - Benjyfishy to play

Benjy found another strong move in this position.

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