In my last post, I challenged the reader to solve a mate in two which required truly understanding basic move possibilities in order to be solved. Returning to puzzles that test our mastery of the basics is a great way to learn how to play the game at a higher level and especially so whenContinue reading “#Chess Position Worth Sharing 132”
Similar to how military units such as armour, artillery and cavalry have their own unique roles, each piece in the game of chess has unique movements. In order to solve this mate in 2, you must first truly understand how the pieces can move.
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).
White to move and win!
White to move and win.
White to move and mate in 3.
White to move and mate in three.
White to move and win! (H. Rinck, Deutche Schachzeitung, 1912)
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.
Black to move and win!
Not too difficult but a very realistic test for game winning combinations. Black to move and mate in 5.
White to move and mate in 3 (Samuel Loyd, 1858).
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)
White to move and mate in two (Александр Ажусин, 1971).
White to move and mate in two (R. Alan, 1895).
White to move and mate in 2 (Karl Ernst Adolf Anderssen, 1953).
White to move and mate in 3 (by Andre Chéron, Hamburgischer Correspondent 1930). Stumped? Perhaps you would benefit from a free introductory lesson ($40 value) with Chris Torres on Wyzant. Claim your free lesson today. Just use Coach Chris’ link: https://is.gd/u5bIVd