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Betcha Can’t Solve This #Chess Puzzle! 60

I enjoy mating puzzles where the target king is surrounded by open squares. In these puzzles, the appearance of freedom for the target king is only an illusion because, in reality, the open squares surrounding it are not free from the influences of distant pieces. In tonight’s puzzle, the black king appears to have severalContinue reading “Betcha Can’t Solve This #Chess Puzzle! 60”

Betcha Can’t Solve This #Chess Puzzle! 59

Considering that the black king is utterly alone in a forest of white pieces, this mate in two puzzle is rather tricky. Can you find the only two move checkmating line for white?

Betcha Can’t Solve This #Chess Puzzle! 8

One of my all time favorite puzzles. I first saw this position in Reno, Nevada in 1999 while having breakfast with the late GM Eduard Gufeld. White to move and win! (Hint: It’s always a good plan to treat a grandmaster to breakfast.)