F020: Never Ignore Noël

For this exercise, we welcome our first ever special guest designer: Grandmaster Noël Studer, founder of Next Level Chess.

Noël was fascinated by the Find The Blunder exercise and wanted to try his hand. This is the result. A perfect exercise for those new to isolated visualization training!

Noël’s work on Next Level Chess is fantastic, and I highly recommend his weekly newsletter.

Find the Blunder: Read through the game below. Somewhere amongst the moves, one player will make a blunder that would swing the game heavily in their opponent’s favor. Their opponent will not punish them for it. Your job is to identify which move was a blunder and what move should have been played to punish it.

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nge7 4. Nc3 g6 5. d4 exd4 6. 0-0 Bg7 7. Nd5 0-0 *

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