January Blitz & Memes
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January Blitz & Memes

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Hello, my fellow blitz lovers, and welcome to another edition of Blitz & Memes. If you're a fan of tactics taken from amateur online blitz tournaments, then you have come to the right place, because that is what I do.

As always the puzzles have been drawn from the National Chess Society of Japan's monthly blitz tournament: TGIF Blitz. The tourney takes place on the 3rd Friday of every month, 21:00 JST, right here on It consists of seven rounds with a time control of 3+2; and is open to all NCS club members.

While the memes have been harvested from the InterNets.

Good luck trying to solve all five puzzles on the first attempt; there are one or two tricky ones this time.

So, without further ado, lets get to the Blitz & Memes.

I don't care, I'm still gonna celebrate...

The Reveal

In this 7th round encounter, self-proclaimed MemeLord, SheldonOfOsaka, playing the Black pieces, was able to reveal attack on flipiflapi.

Can you see how the bishop, knight and queen combine to win material and seal the win?

When will this kitten's rule of tyranny come to an end?

One Final Push

This 2nd round clash saw kanapov2, playing with the White pieces, make one final push to victory.

White is already winning, but can you finish the attack in the most accurate fashion?

When the meme imparts some endgame knowledge...

A Classic Tactic

Here in the 5th round, gorlee2013, playing with the White pieces, is able to take advantage of a small opening error.

Can you find the textbook move for White?

It doesn't the Brilliant move.


A brilliant move isn't always winning. In this 1st round clash higapon was able to find the only moves that holds equality.

Can you find the only good move in this double-edged position?

These are the worst 10 to 20 seconds of my day...

Use the Force

Our final tactic comes from the 1st round. Kanapov2, playing with the Black pieces, shows great vision to find a difficult move.

Can you use the Force...?

And that was it, that was January Blitz & Memes. Congratulations to gorlee2013 who was able to win TGIF Blitz January with a 6/7 score. And perhaps more importantly, congrats to anyone who was able to find all 5 tactics on the first attempt. Hopefully you'll be willing to put those puzzle solving skills to the test in next months' TGIF Blitz.

As always, thanks for reading and feel free to share these tactics with your friends down at the Bar or Cat Cafe.

Cheers, SheldonOfOsaka.