Some of the most brilliant chess puzzles involve material sacrifice for the sake of the mate. Here however, the sacrifice is not merely needed to mate but in fact to avoid loss. One wrong move, and the outcome is completely out of your hands.
This particular mate in two managed to confound me for a couple of hours. I am sure if you give it a shot, you will soon see why!
If a picture can be worth a thousand words than I suppose it’s justifiable that I used two YouTube videos to explain a single chess position. These two episodes are part of a series dedicated to describing thought processes that will lead you to making better decisions during your chess games. Episode One andContinue reading “Chess Think”
Part of the beauty of chess is that no one can predict the level of greatness which the two participants might create in any given game. You may not have heard much about the chess game played between Kekhayov and Petrov in 1964 but the magnificent mating combination at the end is definitely noteworthy. ThisContinue reading “#Chess Position Worth Sharing 129”
As chess players, we should always be trying to make improvements in our technique. For example, the player playing white in the position below should be able use good technique to win easily. Good technique may be good enough to win this endgame but with perfect technique white can checkmate in just four moves! SoContinue reading “#Chess Position Worth Sharing 128”
Oftentimes, an introduction to a specific situation that requires deep thought is just the inspiration we need to spark new developments in our chess ability. Here is a mate in two by Александр Ажусин that a student of mine found immensely satisfying to solve. Enjoy…
An equally ingenious and absurd chess puzzle by William L. Barclay from Chess Life and Review. White to move and mate in 2 (William L. Barclay, Chess Life and Review, 1972.)
Here’s a fun tactic from a training game I played against a student last Wednesday. What is white’s winning idea?
Can you spot Grandmaster Levon Aronian’s winning chess move from his victory over Grandmaster Boris Gelfand at the 2008 FIDE Grand Prix in Sochi, Russia? White to move and win!
I used this position in a chess class today. What is black’s best move?
To win, white must promote a pawn to a Bishop 5 times! Greetings Chess Players. My name is Chris Torres and this is my daily chess musing for February 5, 2021. For today’s episode, I present an absolutely brilliant puzzle as a tribute to the great chess problem composer Mikhail Afanasievich Zinar whom today, itContinue reading “MIKHAIL ZINAR: A COMPOSITION”
Greetings Chess Players. My name is Chris Torres and this is my daily chess musing for February 2, 2021. Back in February of 2017, I posted a nice endgame puzzle taken from one of my online blitz games. This week, a Daily Chess Musings club member sent me an email wondering what the solution wasContinue reading “Daily Chess Musing Chess Puzzle Worth Sharing #17”
Happy birthday to Paul Keres, who was born on January 7, 1916. From 1935, when he debuted as a sensational nineteen-year-old at the Sixth World Chess Olympiad in Warsaw, Paul Keres was one of the top five players in the world before his untimely death from a heart attack on an international airplane flight fromContinue reading “Today is Paul Keres’ Birthday”
White to move and mate in 3 (puzzle by Sigmund Herland, Revista Romana de Sah, 1937).
Today’s position is a practical tactical shot from the game GM Vladislav Artemiev vs GM Vladislav Kovalev at the Tata Steel Masters in Wijk aan Zee played on 1/14/2020. Black has just played Rd8 for his 39th move. What is white’s Best continuation?
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Black to move and mate in 2 (two solutions).
White to move and draw (Troittzky, Tijdschrift for Schack)! White to move and draw (Troittzky, Tijdschrift for Schack)!
White to move and win (Grigoriev, Schachmat, 1928.)
White to move and draw (Gorgiev, 1936.)