# Puzzles #15 - Over 100 Puzzles! - World Blitz Championship 2014 Dubai - Round 1

**Over 100 puzzles in this blog!**

Please read the variations in the notes!

**For those of you who did the first 10 puzzles: I decided to merge that blog post with this one. **

The puzzles are taken from: World Blitz Championship 2014 Round 1

(Press the solution button after you're done solving the puzzle)

(Note that some puzzles have more than one correct solution. Read the notes!)

(You can find the PGNs for the games on dubai2014wrb.com)

Time and time again, I find that I have no specific words to describe the splendid beauty that the chessboard provides me with. Truly, the 2014 World Blitz Championship, held in Dubai, was one of the most exciting events of the year!

Again, I really can't begin to describe what a delightful experience it was - both for the players, I am sure, and for us chess fans. I encourage the reader to look at the channels of ChessNetwork, Chessexplained, Kingscrusher, and thechesswebsite for coverage of this brilliant event. Also, watch the live commentary on the official website to get a feel of how this exciting tournament was unfolding round by round.

Anyway, I'll divide the tournament coverage into two parts - in the first part, I'll pick out tactical shots from every round and I'll present them in the form of puzzles (just like this blog post); note that since this is blitz, there are countless tactics you could extract out of these games!

In the second part, I'm not going to do a total game analysis since that would be slightly foolish (knowing that some players are playing over 50 moves purely on increment...it is true that these guys are top level players and their intuition will most of the time be spot on, so you can indeed extract some value from these games, but a complete game anaylsis would mean criticizing moves that are played without much thought).

Instead, I'll analyze a specific opening, give insight on some "blitz openings," blitz opening setups, some endgames, etc. Basically, I'll use the games to extract certain interesting positions and then I'll analyze those positions. Of course, I will note improvements the players could have gone for, but it makes zero sense to criticize their play when they're playing with such limited time.

OK, so now that we've got the ball rolling, let's feast on some tasty combinations!

**Puzzle 1**

Nakamura found a good move, but not the best. Can you see what Nakamura did not? (Why not also test your intuition: first find the best move in 10 seconds, then analyze it a bit more and see if there's anything better. Check if your intuition is better than Naka's!)

**Puzzle 2**

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**Puzzle 8**

Anand eventually lost this game, but perhaps White could have won more quickly?

**Puzzle 9**

**Puzzle 10**

**Puzzle 11**

A common tactical motif: block the escape square.

**Puzzle 12**

One move!

**Puzzle 13**

Instead of 16. ...Bf8, Vallejo Pons played the correct 16. ...Be8. Can you find a way to refutre 16. ...Bf8?

**Puzzle 14 **

To accept or not to accept?

**Puzzle 15**

**Puzzle 16**

**Can you push Black's rook off the board?**

**Puzzle 17**

**Puzzle 18**

**Now let's take a look at the juicy part! How does White survive the complications after Qxb2?**

**Puzzle 19**

**Puzzle 20**

**Puzzle 21**

**Can you find the best move for White?**

**Puzzle 22**

**In the game, you can clearly see that after White let Black's queen enter on c3, he found himself in loads of trouble. However, in the present position, White can make use of a tactical "trick" to save himself and retain some sort of advantage. Can you find it?**

**Puzzle 23**

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**3 more puzzles in the first comment to this blog post**