A Year of great changes in World Sport is ending, Chess has had to reinvent itself with the rise of online gaming, the main platforms such as www.chess.com y www.lichess.orgThey have increased the number of amateurs willing to study or practice in order to develop their intellect in the magical XNUMX-slot game.
The enormous success of the "Lady's Gambit" series transmitted through Netflix also contributed to increasing the number of people interested in learning to play Chess and discovering its multiple dimensions that help to have a better quality of life for children, youth and adults. and people of the third Age, intelligence in its maximum splendor and in harmonious impulse of its different types (Linguistic, Logical-Mathematical, Spatial, Intrapersonal, Interpersonal, among others).
The main dominator of the international scene was the World Champion, the Norwegian GM Magnus Carlsen who triumphed in most of the events in which he participated, his resilience and genius have caused many to consider him the best of all time ( for others a complex issue due to the presence of great figures such as the mythical "Bobby" Fischer and the "Baku Ogre" Garri Kasparov), his end of the year has not been so effective, with his defeats against the American GM Wesley So in the Skilling Open (held in November and coinciding with the 30th Birthday of the genius of Tonsberg) and recently by the young Russian talent Daniil Dubov in the Airthings Masters Online, second round of the World Chess Champion Tour and where Carlsen was eliminated in the Quarter-Finals showing his human side again.
Among the highlights of Venezuelan chess players, we highlight the brilliant triumph of the Caracas GM Eduardo Patricio Iturrizaga Bonelli in the First Online Ibero-American held on the prestigious platform www.chess24.com, where he beat emerging Brazilian GM Luis Paulo Supi in the Final, as well as the notorious performance of the national team in the Paralympics organized by FIDE, and where the Venezuelans finished tied from XNUMX to XNUMX (XNUMXth, by tiebreaker to become the best team in America), the triumph of Zuliano MN Harlen Otero in the XNUMXst.
Pan-American Visual Chess Online and the shared triumph of IM Carabobeño Wilson Palencia in Group “B” of the International Tournament “Colombia: Land of Athletes” recently held in Medellín. Also the radiant Studios composed by CM Giuseppe Abatantuono, who delighted us throughout the year with his creativity and originality.
At the local level, the year ended with the triumph of the young Bruce Huerta and Luis Gabriel Rojas in the New Year's Eve Tournament with Caissa "Checkmate a la Violencia", after finishing undefeated with 4,5 out of 5, third was the CM Giuseppe Abatantuono with 4 points, Kenjervi Vielma were also awarded in the Sub 1800 category, José Sierra in the Sub 1600 and the boy Hugo Mejía in the Sub 1400 (great revelation and with a promising future).
The event was played at the Corpoelec headquarters of the Colegio de Ingenieros in Caracas and was organized by the Fundación Bienestar and the Club Escuela de “Caballos de Caissa” led by the enthusiastic trebejistas Pedro Meneses and Rogelio García Blanco. It had the endorsement of the DC Chess Association and the arbitration of the renowned AI José Luis Guilarte and the support of SENADE and Corpoelec.
Let's see below an instructive Mate in 4, by the Italian-Venezuelan CM Giuseppe Abatantuono Lattarulo, which shows once again his fantasy in the search for Beauty on the checkered board, white is imposed from the position indicated by the Diagram of mathematical way.
1.Na3 !! (According to Master Abatantuono, he takes advantage of an old theme of the locked King, an original key that allows White to build a Mate Net with a single pawn and the King, 1.Nd2 b3 and 1.d5 b3 are not useful, which do not lead to Mate in the number of moves indicated, which is the main challenge of this curious Problem that helps the development of the skill of Calculation of variants and creative visualization) 1… bxa3 + (if 1… b3 2.axb3 + Kb4 3.Nc2mate allows White to simplify the winning job) 2.Rc3 b4+ 3.Rc4!! (with an excellent Zugzwang, one of the fundamental themes to acquire a powerful Technique to play the Game Endings, a touchstone for Chess Mastery) 3… b3 4.axb3mate (A joyous problem to start the year 2.021, which we hope will be of success and happiness for all Chess Players at the local, national and world level)1-0
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