White to move and win! (H. Rinck, Deutche Schachzeitung, 1912)
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I especially enjoy chess puzzles that are more complicated than they seem at first. Here is a simple looking mate in 2. Not so simple.
At first glance, it appears as though white is in serious trouble. However, with precise play white can achieve a draw. White to play and draw (Lolli – Amateur, 1763).
What is White’s best move?
Easy puzzle tonight from a fun victory. What is white’s best move? Complete game: [Event “SocialChess”] [Site “Internet”] [Date “2016.05.03”] [Round “-“] [White “Chris Torres”] [Black “okun’ok (1574)”] [Result “1-0”] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. Bc4 Bc5 4. Nc3 O-O 5. d3 Nc6 6. Bg5 h6 7. h4 hxg5 8. hxg5 Nh7 9.Continue reading “Puzzle Worthy Position 18”
What is black’s best move?
Examine all biffs yet again works. 1…Bf2+! wins a pawn after 2 Qf2 Qc4; so instead 2 Kf2, when 2…Qc5+ 3 Kf1 Ng4! and the threat of 4…Nh2 mate means that White can’t move his Bc4, so that Ne3+ next move captures it. Or 2….Ng4+ is probably stronger, with 3 Kg1 being met by 3…Qc5+Continue reading “It’s Your Move: daily chess puzzle # 157”
Finding that nothing ‘clicked’ after 1 Nf6+, my first thoughts were to exploit Black’s near zugzwang, improve the rooks, and then ‘do something’. But I couldn’t see what to do here either, until, back to ever reliable Examine All Biffs, I saw 1 Na5! and its point…. Read the full article via http://ift.tt/1NIg672