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”
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?
When you think about it, our whole life is about solving puzzles. Chess problems are similar to life problems in that solving the puzzle requires careful thought and that through practice, we can improve our ability to quickly find the best solution. So enjoy our daily chess puzzles and smile knowing that by doing soContinue reading “Betcha Can’t Solve This #Chess Puzzle! 58”
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.
An equally ingenious and absurd chess puzzle by William L. Barclay from Chess Life and Review. White to move and mate in 2 (William L. Barclay, Chess Life and Review, 1972.)
White to move and mate in 3 (puzzle by Sigmund Herland, Revista Romana de Sah, 1937).
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.)
White to move and win. (Hint: Bishop domination is the key strategy.)
White to move and draw (D. Lolly, 1763).
White to move and win (mate in 13).
White to move and win (Richard Reti, Kolnische Volkszeitung of 1928).
White to move and win.
White to move and win! (H. Rinck, Deutche Schachzeitung, 1912)
Black to move and win!
Black to move and mate in 5.
White to move and mate in 6.
White to move and mate in 2.
White to move and mate in three (Samuel Loyd, 1863).
White to move and mate in 4! (Wolfgang Pauly, Schweizerische Schachzeitung, September 1920)