Chess is a game of skill played out among some of the world’s greatest strategic minds. Legend has it that chess is the result of attempts by ancient military commanders and kings to demonstrate their battle strategy before engaging in conflict. In the case of the great players like Bobby Fischer, Garry Kasparov, and Magnus Carlsen, victory often came to the player whose strategic understanding and execution of the game was faster and more devious than their opponents. For those of us who spend our lives at the bottom of the ratings barrel, victory often comes to the player who makes the next to last mistake.

This game was played last month and is an excellent example of tactical play and some intriguing choices in tight situations.