After a few months of uncertainty and negative results, the world champion, the Norwegian GM Magnus Carlsen, has begun to show signs of improvement, after qualifying for the semi-finals of the Meltwater Champions Tour, where he will have to face the Russian GM Ian Nepomniatchi, who eliminated so surprise to the American GM Hikaru Nakamura, one of the best exponents of fast mode worldwide.
The other semifinal will face the American GM (of Philippine origin) Wesley So (who decisively defeated the talented Iranian GM Alireza Firouzja and who has been showing an extraordinary level of consistency in recent months) against the Dutch GM Anish Giri, who He beat French GM Maxime Vachier Lagrave. The event can be followed through the prestigious page www.chess24.com with the comments of the Spanish GM Pepe Cuenca and IM David Martínez.
A news of great interest for Venezuelan chess, is related to the delicate health situation of the glory of Venezuelan chess, the WGM and IM Saraí Carolina Sánchez Castillo (the best Venezuelan player of all time), who currently suffers from COVID and for which the possibility has been opened that the national and international chess community can support it in its treatment and for this purpose they can be informed through the following Link: https://www.gofundme.com/f/lets-help -sara-defeat-covid19? fbclid = IwAR3iaWYcI7yiR0n7R1n0uU5mHeljJPZoSA7-xhGHse3pS-YNEJEID2Pr_18.
Let's see next a wonderful 3-move mate problem, from the Italian-Venezuelan CM Giuseppe Abatantuono Lattarulo, White wins in the position indicated in the diagram with a fine and exact attack maneuver with a surprising ending.
1.Ne4 !! (a beautiful move that creates unstoppable threats to meet the goal of mate in 3 moves) 1… b1 = C (if 1… c6 2.Nc3mate; 1… Nc5 + 2.Nxc5mate; 1… c5 2.Nc3mate; 1… b1 = D 2.Nc3mate) 2.Qd4 + !! (A great deviation sacrifice of the queen to mate with the two knights, which in the words of Master Abatantuono is a recurring tactical idea, and which is part of his fantastic collection "Sailboats in Space") 2… Nxd4 3.Nc5mate 1-0.