Archive for the ‘Chess Homework’ Category

‪ #DontSpoilTheEndgame‬, Petrosian vs. Korchnoi (Moscow, 1963)

April 17, 2019

This position is from Petrosian vs. Korchnoi, Moscow 1963. Viktor Korchnoi (Black) has just played 34… Rf8.

White to move. Position after 34… Rf8.

Now Tigran Petrosian has serious winning chances and plays 35. Rxh6. Was this a good move?

Position after 35. Rxh6.

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Betcha Can’t Solve This #Chess Puzzle! 44

April 11, 2019

White to move and mate in 2.

White to move and mate in 2.

Winning Chess Moves: Mayet vs. Anderssen, 1851

April 10, 2019

You are playing the role of the quintessential Romantic, Adolf Anderssen. Karl Mayet has just played the dreadful 12. Qxe4. How does Anderssen (Black) punish his opponents in dramatic fashion?

Black to move and mate in 5 (Mayet – Anderssen, Berlin 1851).

So I was just playing a game of #chess and then this happened! 24

April 8, 2019

What is white’s best move?

What is white’s best move?

So I was just playing a game of #chess and then this happened! 23

April 6, 2019

You can’t park that here! Black to move and trap a white’s queen.

Black to move and trap a white’s queen.

Betcha Can’t Solve This #Chess Puzzle! 43

April 4, 2019

Today I share a beautiful endgame study/mate-in-4 that I have come across in a couple of books. Carel Christiaan Wilhelm Mann has placed black in zugzwang (1…f5 2.Qh4# or 1…Kf5 2.Qd5#) but has white to move. The resulting solution is sure to entertain!

White to move and mate in 4 (Carel Christiaan Wilhem Mann, De Amsterdammer, 1/8/1893)

Winning Chess Moves

April 1, 2019

Today’s position comes from round 10 of the 2019 U.S. Women’s Chess Championship. IM Anna Zatonskih (White) has just erred with 30. Qe1. How does seventeen-year-old Jennifer Yu (Black) punish Anna’s mistake to win the game and the U.S. Women’s Championship?

Black to move and win. (Zatonskih – Yu, US Women’s Championship, 3/20/2019)

Betcha Can’t Solve This #Chess Puzzle! 42

April 1, 2019

White to move and mate in 4 (Erich Ernest Zepler, Ostrauer Zeitung, January 1928).

White to move and mate in 4 (Erich Ernest Zepler, Ostrauer Zeitung, January 1928).

Betcha Can’t Solve This #Chess Puzzle! 41

March 29, 2019

White to move and mate in three (Samuel Loyd, 1863).

White to move and mate in three (Samuel Loyd, 1863).

Betcha Can’t Solve This #Chess Puzzle! 40

March 25, 2019

White to move and mate in 4! (Wolfgang Pauly, Schweizerische Schachzeitung, September 1920)

White to move and mate in 4! (Wolfgang Pauly, Schweizerische Schachzeitung, September 1920)


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