Game 1 Bonus Details
In this battle, the Nakamura clan has attacked the Carlsen clan to try to capture its gold. It's a match of speed versus strategy. Who will win? Below are the bonus details. See how you fared against the Nakamura and Carlsen clans!
Here is the answer in chess notation: a6, Nc3, Bg4, Nxe5, Bxd1, Bxf7+, Ke7, Nd5#. Play it out on the board.
Yes, it is a good idea. If Nakamura plays a random move, then they can do that and gain an incredible center.
Yes, it exposes the Queen too early. Nakamura can move the knight to d5.
That is probably the best move.
No, it won't work. The bishop is too passive instead of active because he is blocked by all of the pawns.
The more dangerous move is knight to c7, attacking (or forking) the king and the rook. The king is then in check.
Is it a trap? Yes, it is a trap because if Sato captures on g5 then the pawn on h6 will capture him. In a chess game, Sato (a knight) is worth 3 points and Khronos (a pawn) is worth 1 point.
The Carlsen clan can keep the pressure on the Nakamura clan by moving the pawn to h5, threatening g4, then h4, and opening the Nakamura clan's king. Carlsen then has a winning attack.
Is it a mistake? No, Onyx can go to g3 and then f5, which is a really good outpost for him.
Was there a better move for the Nakamura clan? No, there is not a better offensive move. If you move the bishop back to b3, then the bishop is more passive than on d3.
Is it a smart tactic? Yes, Lance can move to f4 and if the white knight on e2 takes, then Khronos (the g pawn) can capture him and open the line against the Nakamura's king, which would give Carlsen a winning advantage.
If the Carlsen pawn structure crumbles, then the Nakamura clan can chop off all of the pawns and win the battle.
Here is the answer in chess notation: Nf6, Ng4, Nxe3. Play it out on a board and see how Alexander can capture the bishop on e3.
Yes, it is a blunder! Oh no! The only way to gain material before they lose Sato is to capture Hansen (the pawn) on e5.
The Queen can move to g5 or g6 to defend herself. The move to g5 is better because it's not on the same diagonal as the d3 bishop.
It's a problem because if the two bishops are in the right formation then they can cover all of the squares against the king, and the Queen can deliver checkmate.
Here is the answer in chess notation: e7+, Rf7, e8=Q#. Play it out on the board.