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!
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…
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?
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?
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 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.)
Black to move and win. Black to move and win.
What is white’s best move?
Today’s chess position comes from GM Hikaru Nakamura vs Anish Giri, 2012 FIDE Grand Prix (London, England.) Giri (black) has just played 46… Be5. What does Nakamura (white) play for move 47?
White to move and mate in 1.
Today’s position is from the game between Robert James Fischer (White) and Lhamsuren Myagmarsuren (Black) played at the Sousse Interzonal on 10/15/1967. Black has just played 29… dxc2. What does Bobby Fischer play as white?
Today’s position is from GM Gata Kamsky vs GM Shakhriyar Mamedyarov , World Cup 2013. Mamedyarov (Black) just played 29… Kh6. What did Kamsky (White) play for move 30? What does white play?
Tonight’s puzzle comes from Hikaru Nakamura vs. Robert Lee Hess, 2012 US Championship in St Louis. GM Robert Hess has just played move 30… Kh8. What did GM Nakamura play for white’s 31st move? What is white’s best move?