Future generations of chess enthusiasts will undoubtedly treasure the early games of Magnus Carlsen in the same manner we honor Paul Morphy’s first brilliances. Of course, comparing players from different eras is difficult but there is an argument to be made that Magnus may very well be the greatest chess prodigy ever. For evidence onContinue reading “Winning Chess Moves: Carlsen vs Harestad, 7/23/2003”
During her illustrious career, WGM Valentina M Borisenko-Belova (1/28/1920-3/6/1993) won the Women’s Soviet Championship five times (a record she shares with Nona Gaprindashvili.) Zara Nakhimovskaya was a formidable chess player who won the Latvian Chess Championship for Women four times. In our feature position, Valentina M Borisenko-Belova is playing with the white pieces against ZaraContinue reading “Winning Chess Moves: Borisenko-Belova vs Nakhimovskaya, 1968”
The Champions Showdown 9LX is a rapid Fischer Random/Chess960 chess tournament that is currently taking place in Saint Louis, USA. Today’s winning chess move comes from the round 2 game between Grandmasters Hikaru Nakamura and Sam Shankland. White (Nakamura) has just recaptured with Rxe5. What is black’s (Sam Shankland’s) winning move?
White to move and mate in 5 (from Yuri Averbakh vs. Alexander Kazimirovich Tolush, 1963).
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.
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”
Tonight’s position comes from a 1966 game played between Sven Johannessen (White) vs Bobby Fischer (Black) in Havana, Cuba. Johannessen has just played 26. Nf4. What did Bobby Fischer play here?
Black just played Bxf3. How should white respond?
White to move and draw (D. Lolly, 1763).
White to move and win!
White to move and mate in 4 (Milan Vidmar – Max Euwe, 1929).
White to move and mate in 3.
Today I share a beautiful endgame study/mate-in-4 that I have come across in a couple of books. Carel Christiaan Wilhelm Mann has placed black in zugzwang (1…f5 2.Qh4# or 1…Kf5 2.Qd5#) but has white to move. The resulting solution is sure to entertain!
White to move and mate in three (Samuel Loyd, 1863).
White to move and mate in 4 (Georges Legentil, Le Journal de Rouen, 1910).
White to move and mate in 2 (Karl Ernst Adolf Anderssen, 1953).
White to move and mate in 3 (by Andre Chéron, Hamburgischer Correspondent 1930). Stumped? Perhaps you would benefit from a free introductory lesson ($40 value) with Chris Torres on Wyzant. Claim your free lesson today. Just use Coach Chris’ link: https://is.gd/u5bIVd
White to move and mate in 3 (C.S. Kipping, Manchester City News, 1911).
“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 [Event “** Simultaneous”] [Site “Budapest HUN”] [Date “1934.??.??”] [Round “?”] [White “Esteban Canal”] [WhiteElo “?”] [Black “NN”] [BlackElo “?”] [ResultContinue reading “My Favorite #Chess Games: The Peruvian Immortal”
White to move and win.