Archive for April, 2013

Superfast Chess Puzzle: White Checkmates in Two

In this puzzle White has no time. Black has set up a checkmate on g2 via the long diagonal a8-h1 with a battery of Queen and Bishop. However, instead of bothering to save that checkmate, White can turn the tables and checkmate in two. Do you know how? (You need only eight seconds to solve this… maybe less!)

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Quick Chess Puzzle: White Checkmates in Two

This position is from the game Zaitsev-Chishin, USSR, 1984. White has got a nice bind around the Black King. Can White checkmate in two?
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Renova Group Chess Grand Prix R1: Fabiano Caruana-Teimour Radjabov 1-0

The Renova group Chess Grand Prix has begun in Zug, Switzerland. There were only two decisive games in the first round. Alexander Morozevich beat Rustam Kasimdzhanov and Fabiano Caruana beat Teimour Radjabov. You can read a full report on the round in Chess Blog. Here is the Caruana-Radjabov game. Radjabov chose to play Janisch Gambit in the Spanish against Fabiano Caruana. However, Caruana looked prepared and surprised his opponent with 10.Na4.
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Renova Group Chess Grand Prix R1: Alexander Morozevich-Rustam Kasimdzhanov 1-0

The Renova Group Chess Grand Prix has begun in Zug, Switzerland. There were only two decisive games in the first round. One of them was Alexander Morozevich versus Rustam Kasimdzanov. Morozevich started with 1.g3 and was more or less expecting the line which happened in the game. You can read a full report on all the games of the first round at Chess Blog. Replay the full game with Chess King below.
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Simple-n-Tricky Chess Puzzle: White Wins?

Here is a simple, but tricky position from the game Kotov-Matanovic, Stockholm, 1952. Can you figure out the trick that helps White win?
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Surprise Chess Endgame: What’s White’s Killer Move

Here is a nice endgame position that gives White a cool win. The position is from the game Smejkal-Gheorghiu, Novi Sad, 1982. Can you see what is White’s killer move? Check your solution with the winning ideas displayed in the super Chess King applet below. You can use this applet on your blog as well with your very own copy of Chess King – the most affordable, super-strong chess-learning and analyzing software.
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Cool Chess Combination: White Wins

A simple combination fetches a quick win for White despite being exchange down. Can you help White win?
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Tough Chess Study by G.J. Slater

This is a slightly complicated checkmate-in-two study by G. J. Slater. White has to play and win. Can you solve it? Don’t get nervous. Check out your lines slowly and one by one. After all, chess is a lot about strategic hard work. Once you solve it, it will no longer be tough. So don’t give up. Have fun!


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Never-Say-Die Chess Puzzle: Can White Survive?

Here is a chess position from Al Adli dating back to the ninth century. Al Adli is known for his Arabic text on chess – ‘Kitab ash-shatranj (‘Book of chess’). Al-Adli was the strongest player during the rule of Caliph al-Wathiq. In the position on the left, White is one move away from checkmate via Rh8. Can White survive this position? Can White draw, or even win?

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Fun Chess Problem: White Checkmates in Six

Tim Krabbé is a famous Dutch chess player, writer, and journalist. He came up with the “caterpillar theme” for chess problems and studies. Here is a fun problem from his collection. Can you help White checkmate in six? A Silly Hint: It’s easy if you remember how a caterpillar moves. Happy Chess-ful Sunday.
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Byrne Chess Puzzle: Forced Tactics

Here is a nice position from the game Robert Byrne-Hans Berliner, New York, 1960. White to play and win. Can you spot the sparkling forced win? Black has just played 33. …Kh6 after White’s check with Queen. The former US Chess Champion and World Championship Candidate passed away recently. Read an obituary on Chess Blog.
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Strong-Attack Chess Puzzle: How can White Win?

Here is a nice position from the game Cacho – Clement, Spain, 1996. There has been firing from both sides. Both Kings are exposed and under attack. Just one chance to Black and nothing can save the White King. But, White is to move. So, making the best of their chances and the initiative, how did White win?

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Short-n-Sweet Chess Combination: White Wins

Here is a chess puzzle with an interesting twist. Black has three pawns plus Rook versus White’s Rook plus Bishop. Even if Black did not have the three pawns, the position would have been a great struggle for White and possibly ended in a draw. In this position itself, on the outset it appears, in all probability, White can only but draw considering the material both have. However, White has a short and sweet zugzwang-based win. Find the quickest/strongest win for White.
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Cool-Combination Chess Puzzle: White to Play

Here is a neat position from the game Dubinjetski-Danowski, Switzerland, 1984. White has a nice combination for win. How should White play?
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Simple Chess Puzzle: Quick Win for White

A very simple endgame position. Black has failed to develop pieces properly throughout the game and now pays the price for it. Can you spot the simple winning idea/move for White?
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Superfast-Win Chess Puzzle: White to Play

Check out this chess puzzle in the rush of beginning a new week this Monday. The puzzle is so easy that you could squeeze it into the busiest of mornings! White to play – What’s the magic move? Did you get it in a flash?
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Killer Chess Move: How Does White Win?

White does not have very many choices in this position. Not only is the White King cornered, but the pawn on g-7 is pinned as well. However, White has a neat trick for winning the game. Can you spot the killer move?
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Weekend Chess Puzzle: White to Play for Win

Here is a nice position from the game Eymann-Bleisch, 1983. White has given up an exchange for two pawns and could win this. What is the best way for White to play this? … possibly for a checkmating flourish! Are you up to the challenge?
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Clever-Move Chess Puzzle: Find Best Move for White

One clever move is enough to finish a chess game with a flourish out of the blue. Your opponent has no clue what hit them. Find such a magical/clever move in the position from the game Marshall-Von Scheve, Monte Carlo, 1904. White to play and win.
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