Test your chess: Reitstein problem 214


Black to play and win

H Meihulzen v BE Siegheim 1911



In CJS Purdy terms, the Qc3 is tied to the Bf3, and examining all biffs leads to 1…Re3! and white's position collapses.


A good time to repeat my favourite Purdy poem.

Purdy on nets, pins and ties, Fine Art, vol 2, pg 205

Some things are hooey,

and most others lies;

But forks you mustn't miss,

nor pins, nets, ties.


White is forced to play 2 Rd3, when 2…Rd3 3 Qd3 Qe6! is a double attack- on e1, with Nf4+ threats, and Qh3+-Qh2



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Chris Torres is a nationally renowned scholastic chess coach working in both Bakersfield and 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. Currently, Chris Torres has the ranking of candidate master and serves as the President of the Torres Chess and Music Academy. Mr. Torres’ hobbies include playing classical guitar and getting his students to appear on the national top 100 chess rating lists.

One thought on “Test your chess: Reitstein problem 214

  1. Hi Chris
    Not bad, the problem by Purdy is pretty good. He is one of the most creative players not really recognized by the chess community. The young lady talking is very inspirational.
    Bill Ortega


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