Queen against rook — what is Black’s immediately winning move?
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Garry Kasparov, widely regarded as the all-time No 1, has praised Magnus Carlsen as the Norwegian world champion defeated Russia’s best player Ian Nepomniachtchi 6.5-2.5 over two days to win Tuesday’s Legends of Chess final.
Nepomniachtchi is the only top grandmaster who has an over-the-board plus score against Carlsen. He is also the joint leader of the candidates tournament, which was stopped by Covid-19 at halfway and which will resume this autumn. Its winner will meet Carlsen for the world crown in 2021.
“Magnus is very tough and what is important, and what I enjoy, is that he’s not standing still; he always tries to improve his chess. He’s so good at the chessboard, looking for practical chances, he does a lot of work. It’s a combination of great players of the past: he has Karpov’s ability to locate his pieces in perfect positions, Fischer’s rage at the chessboard and also from myself/Botvinnik, the willingness to analyse his games and find improvements. He’s a universal type of player, and that explains his dominance. Even after winning so much, he wants to win more, and that’s commendable.”
Ian Nepomniachtchi vs Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, online Nations Cup 2020. Queen against rook can be harder than it appears. Black made the best move, and White resigned. What was the instant winner?
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