World champion Norwegian GM Magnus Carlsen won the Altibox Tournament, held in the city of Stavanger in his homeland. The final result was 19,5 (suffering two surprises defeats throughout the event) to surpass Iranian-born talent Alireza Firouzja in the final table, who with 18,5 achieved a fantastic performance against several prominent members of the world elite. . Third was Armenian GM Levon Aronian with 17,5, US GM Fabiano Caruana fourth with 15,5, Polish GM Jan Duda fifth with 9,5 and Norwegian GM Aryan Tari in the basement with a discreet 3,5 points.
The Candidates Tournament has been postponed to 2021 by the International Chess Federation, following the current situation of the European continent and the logistical problems posed by some players (including at the time, Azeri GM Teimour Radjabov and who I resign to participate in the prestigious event), French GM Maxime Vachier Lagrave and Russian GM Ian Nepomniachtchi lead tied, a tough fight is expected, which will define the title challenger held by the Norwegian genius since 2013.
Let's see below an instructive study of the Italian-Venezuelan CM Giuseppe Abatantuono Lattarulo, White wins from the position indicated in the diagram, applying several fundamental concepts for mastering the technique of the end of the game.
1.Qf5 + !! (The beginning of an exact maneuver that leads to White's triumph) 1… e4 2.Qd5 + !! (2.Qd7 +? doesn't work for 2… Kc2 !! 3.Qxh7 Qh1 !! with a draw due to the activity of the black queen) 2… Kc3 (if 2… Kc2 3.Qxe4 + Kc1 4.Qxb1 + Kxb1 5.e4 wins prosaically) 3.Qd4 +! (the key that leads to the exchange of queens and a winning pawn ending) 3… Kb3 4.Qb6 + Kc2 5.Qxb1 + Kxb1 6.Kg3 Kc2 7.Kf4 !! (precision until the Final, he loses 7.Kg4 ?? by 7… Kd3! which leads to Black's triumph after 8. Kf4 h6! 9.Kf5 Kxe3 10.Kg6 Kf4! 11.Kxh6 e3 12. Kg7 e2 13.h6 e1 = Q 14.h7 Kg5 15.h8 = Q Qe7 + 16.Kg8 Kg6 !! winning in an artistic way) 7… Kd3 8.h6 !! (achieving a wonderful Zugzwang that shows the creative talent of Master Abatantuono from his famous collection "Sailing in space") 1-0.