My Facebook friend Michael Pasman recently became a World Champion. More specifically, Michael won first place and thus the gold medal for the Studies category in the 10th FIDE World Cup in Composing.
Michael Pasman is well known in the chess puzzle community for his compositional knowledge, creativity and his high output of outstanding studies. However, he is also a highly accomplished over the board chess player who holds the title of International Master from FIDE.
Take the time to understand the chess composition below and you will see why Michael Pasman’s gold medal finish was well deserved. If you are stumped (and you will be), try visiting IM Michael Pasman’s website for more on this study, other chess puzzles, his chess career and excellent chess videos.