Posts Tagged ‘queen sacrifice’

Betcha Can’t Solve This #Chess Puzzle 25

June 21, 2018

Much simpler but very pretty.

White to move and mate in two (Александров, Владимир Александрович, Kubbel 100-MT, 1992).

White to move and mate in two (Александров, Владимир Александрович, Kubbel 100-MT, 1992).

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My Favorite #Chess Games: The Peruvian Immortal

June 10, 2018

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“In 13 moves, Canal sacrifices both Rooks and his Queen—and then mates on his 14th move! … A man might play a million games of chess and never duplicate Canal’s feat.”- Irving Chernev

 

Esteban-Canal

Esteban Canal at the Chessboard in 1936

[Event “** Simultaneous”]

[Site “Budapest HUN”]

[Date “1934.??.??”]

[Round “?”]

[White “Esteban Canal”]

[WhiteElo “?”]

[Black “NN”]

[BlackElo “?”]

[Result “1-0”]

1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Qxd5 3.Nc3 Qa5 4.d4 c6 5.Nf3 Bg4 6.Bf4 e6 7.h3 Bxf3 8.Qxf3 Bb4

9.Be2 Nd7 10.a3 O-O-O {??} 11.axb4 {!!} Qxa1+ 12.Kd2 {!} Qxh1 13.Qxc6+ {!} bxc6 14.Ba6#

1-0

Betcha Can’t Solve This #Chess Puzzle! 16

April 21, 2018

White to move and mate in 7! (Edward Lasker vs. George Thomas, City of London Chess Club, 1912)

White to move and mate in 7! (Edward Lasker vs. George Thomas, City of London Chess Club, 1912)

“The following game I consider the most beautiful I ever played  … though it was not a tournament game and can, therefore, hardly be classed among the best games.” – Edward Lasker

“A year later, Alekhine called my attention to the fact, discovered in Moscow, where he went over the game with Bernstein, that I could have mated in seven instead of eight moves by playing 16 Kf1 or O-O, as then Black would have been unable to prevent mate by 17 Nh2.”– Edward Lasker

Puzzle Worthy Position 30

August 18, 2016

“Who speaks to the instincts speaks to the deepest in mankind, and finds the readiest response.” – Amos Bronson Alcott

White to Move

After much deliberation, I chose Bxd5! After which, my opponent’s rook gobbled up my queen.

White to move and mate in 2.

Bent Larsen is Dead

September 11, 2010
The great Danish Grandmaster Bent Larsen died on September 9, 2010.
Larsen was the Danish chess champion six times and a candidate for
the world chess championship four times. Larsen was the riskiest of
his contemporaries rarely leaving an unclear sacrifice unplayed.
During his career Bent Larsen defeated Mikhail Botvinnik, Vasily Smyslov,
Mikhail Tal, Tigran Petrosian, Boris Spassky, Bobby Fischer, and
Anatoly Karpov.
Below is my favorite Bent Larsen chess game:
[Event "Larsen Sacrifices a Queen"]
[Site "Santa Monica"]
[Date "1966.??.??"]
[Result "1-0"]
[White "Bent Larsen"]
[Black "Petrosian"]
[ECO "B39"]
[PlyCount "59"] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 g6 5. Be3 Bg7 
6. c4 Nf6 7. Nc3 Ng4 8. Qxg4 Nxd4 9. Qd1 Ne6 10. Qd2 d6 11. Be2 Bd7 
12. O-O O-O 13. Rad1 Bc6 14. Nd5 Re8 15. f4 Nc7 16. f5 Na6 17. Bg4 Nc5 
18. fxg6 hxg6 19. Qf2 Rf8 20. e5 Bxe5 21. Qh4 Bxd5 22. Rxd5 Ne6 
23. Rf3 Bf6 24. Qh6 Bg7 25. Qxg6 Nf4 26. Rxf4 fxg6 27. Be6+ Rf7 
28. Rxf7 Kh8 29. Rg5 b5 30. Rg3 1-0

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