March’s Chess Combination of the Month

“Chess is 99% tactics” – Richard Teichmann


Richard Teichmann
Richard Teichmann

Richard Teichmann (24 December 1868 – 15 June 1925) was an excellent chess teacher and a powerful chess player from Germany. This month tactical shot is dedicated to him.


White to move and win!
White to move and win!


Below is the entire game. The answer to the puzzle is in bold font.

[Event “Training Game”]
[Date “2014.03.16”]
[White “Torres, Chris”]
[Black “Student”]
[Result “1-0”]
[ECO “C54”]
[Opening “Giuoco Piano”]
[Variation “Möller (Therkatz) Attack”]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Bc5 4. c3 Nf6 5. d4 exd4 6. cxd4 Bb4+ 7. Nc3
Nxe4 8. O-O Bxc3 9. d5 Bf6 10. Re1 Ne7 11. Rxe4 O-O 12. Bg5 Ng6 13. Bxf6
Qxf6 14. Qc2 d6 15. Rae1 Bf5 16. Nd4 Bxe4 17. Qxe4 Rfe8 18. Qxe8+ Rxe8 19.
Rxe8+ Nf8 20. Ne6 fxe6 21. dxe6 h6 22. e7+ Kh7 23. exf8=Q Qg5 24. Bd3+ g6
25. Qh8# {Black checkmated} 1-0


Published by chessmusings

Chris Torres is a nationally renowned scholastic chess coach working in the San Francisco Bay Area. His classes have attracted players of strengths ranging from rank beginners to world champions. A chess professional since 1998, Chris is widely recognized as one of the main driving forces behind the explosion in popularity and sudden rise in quality of scholastic chess in California. Chris Torres served as the President of the Torres Chess and Music Academy from 2005-2020 and currently is recognized as a correspondence chess master with the United States Chess Federation. Since 1998 Chris Torres has taught 6 individual national champions as well as led multiple school teams to win national championship titles. In addition, Chris Torres has directed and taught at 10 different schools which have been California State Champions at chess. In 2011 and 2012, several former and current students of Chris Torres have been selected to represent the United States at the World Youth Chess Championships. Mr. Torres’ hobbies include playing classical guitar and getting his students to appear on the national top 100 chess rating lists.

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