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 7 (Aron Nimzowitsch, My System).
White to move and mate in 3 (Samuel Loyd, 1858).
White to move and mate in 4!
Black looks close to victory but white has one saving combination. White to move and mate in 7 (Giambattista Lolli – N.N., Italy 1763.)
Black to move and mate in 5 (Paul Keres – Tigran Petrosian, Yugoslavia 1959).
White to move and mate in 3 (A. Galitskiy, “Chess Journal”, 1900.) For added challenge, imagine that the players switch chairs (i.e. pawns moving in the opposite direction) and solve for mate in three again. Remarkable!
White to move and mate in 7! (Edward Lasker vs. George Thomas, City of London Chess Club, 1912) “The following game I consider the most beautiful I ever played … though it was not a tournament game and can, therefore, hardly be classed among the best games.” – Edward Lasker “A year later, Alekhine calledContinue reading “Betcha Can’t Solve This #Chess Puzzle! 16”
This endgame study makes a very good lesson in and of itself. White to move and win (M. Grinfeld, 1903).
White to move and mate in 12.