World Cup Tactics

World Cup Tactics

Sep 20, 2015, 7:08 PM |

Several surprises have already occurred at the World Cup, including the earliy eliminations of Levon Aronian (recent winner of the Sinquefield Cup), Vladimir Kramnnik (former World Champion and last year's World Cup winner), and Alexander Grischuk (World #10). 

So far in the 4th round, Peter Svidler has achieved an upset victory against the top seed, Veselin Topalov. Topalov has found himself in the a must-win situation for game 2, where he'll try to win as White and send the match into the playoff rounds.

Three others have pulled ahead as well with victories: Hikaru Nakamura, Ding Liren, and Shakhriyar Mamedyarov. 

While only three US competitors remain in the tournament (US #1 Hikaru Nakamura, US #2 Fabiano Caruana, and US #3 Wesley So), several have made their mark on this incredibly strong knockout tournament.

Here's a look at some of the tactical combinations played by our top players. How many can you solve?

Puzzle #4: Onischuk vs. Volokitin, Round 1

Although US #6 Onischuk is technically behind in material, his advanced passed pawn and better placed pieces give him a significant advantage. How did he turn it into a win?

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