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No. 310

19 April 2014

Black to play. This is from Kantans-Malakhov, Latvian Railway Open, Riga 2014. Black has achieved a tremendous build-up on the kingside with pressure on the g-file and along the h1-a8… Read more

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No. 309

12 April 2014

White to play. This position is from Mamedyarov-Aronian, Khanty-Mansisk 2014. White’s next was an ingenious way to demonstrate that his passed pawn on g7 was stronger than Black’s on c3.… Read more

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No. 308

5 April 2014

White to play. This position is from Topalov-Kramnik, Fidé Candidates, Khanty-Mansisk 2014. Kramnik has badly misplayed the opening and now Topalov crashed through in decisive fashion. Can you see the… Read more

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No. 307

29 March 2014

White to play. This is a possible variation from Mamedyarov-Topalov, Khanty-Mansisk Candidates 2014. The black king is rather exposed in the centre of the board. How can White exploit this?… Read more

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No. 306

22 March 2014

Black to play. This position is from Miles-Hodgson, Zaragoza 1993. Black has a powerful build-up on the kingside. How did he now exploit this to score a quick win? Answers… Read more

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No. 305

15 March 2014

White to play. This position is from Teichmann-NN, Simultaneous Display, Berlin 1914. Can you spot White’s fine finish? Answers to me at The Spectator by Tuesday 18 March or via… Read more

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No. 304

8 March 2014

White to play. This position is from Robbins-Smith, Varsity Match 1972. The black king has been drawn out into the open. What is the quickest way for White to finish… Read more

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No. 303

1 March 2014

White to play. This position is from Moiseenko-Noah, Khanty-Mansisk Olympiad 2010. Even though the game is not yet out of the opening, Black has already blundered. What did White now… Read more

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no. 302

22 February 2014

White to play. This position is from Keogh-Chevannes, Bunratty 2014. How did White’s massive central build-up transform into a winning breakthrough? Answers to me at The Spectator by Tuesday 25… Read more

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no. 301

15 February 2014

White to play. This position is from Carlsen-Caruana, Zurich 2014. White’s pin against the black rook and the passed pawn on d7 are the key components of his winning combination.… Read more

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No. 300

8 February 2014

White to play. This is from Johnson-Finch, Marlow 1974. White is building up a strong attack on the kingside and his next move was a brilliant way to create insurmountable… Read more

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no. 299

1 February 2014

Black to play. This position is from Aronian-Van Wely, Wijk aan Zee 2014. Having already clinched first prize, Aronian’s only loss came in the last round when he fell into… Read more

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No. 298

25 January 2014

Black to play. This is from Wojtszek-Jobava, Wijk aan Zee 2014. This week’s puzzle is a fine finish from the ‘B’ group at Wijk aan Zee. The white position is… Read more

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No. 297

18 January 2014

White to play. This position is a variation from Nepomniachtchi-Ivanchuk, Beijing 2013. White has a ferocious attack. How can he land the killer blow? Answers to me at The Spectator… Read more

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No. 296

11 January 2014

White to play. This position is a variation from Congdon–‘Heinsius’, online game 2014. White has a ferocious attack and now needs to land the killer blow. How can he achieve… Read more

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No. 295

4 January 2014

Black to play. This position is from Kramnik-Anand, Nice 2008. Both sides have dangerous-looking attacks. Can you spot Anand’s brilliant move which ensured his got in first? Answers to me… Read more

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Christmas Issue

14 December 2013

White to play. This position is from King-Howell, Staunton Memorial, London 2003. Can you spot White’s fine finish to the attack?   Because of the Christmas printing schedule, we regret… Read more

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7 December

7 December 2013

Black to play. This position is a variation from Evans-Staunton, London 1845. Can you spot Black’s fine finish to the attack?   Because of the Christmas printing schedule, we regret… Read more

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No. 294

30 November 2013

White to play. This position is a variation from Anand-Carlsen, Chennai (Game 9). White is on the verge of delivering checkmate but the Black b-pawn is about to promote. White… Read more

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No. 293

23 November 2013

Black to play. This is a variation from Anand-Carlsen; World Championship (Game 4), Chennai 2013. Anand avoided this position, although he is material ahead. What had he foreseen? Answers to me… Read more

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No. 292

16 November 2013

White to play. This position is from Anand-Ding Liren, Alekhine Memorial, Paris 2013. White’s next destroyed the already compromised black position. What did he play? Answers to me at The… Read more

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No. 291

9 November 2013

White to play. This position is from Karpov v. Korchnoi, Merano 1981. White’s next destroyed the black position. What did he play? Answers to me at The Spectator by Tuesday… Read more

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No. 290

2 November 2013

White to play. This position is a variation from Carlsen-Anand, Monaco 2011. White is a piece down here but has a powerful move which destroys the black position. Can you… Read more

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No. 289

26 October 2013

Black to play. This is a variation from Svidler-Nepomniatchi, Novgorod 2013. Svidler avoided this position, despite the fact that White appears to be a piece up for very little. What… Read more

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No. 288

19 October 2013

White to play. This position is from Goganov-Motylev, Russian Championship, Novgorod 2013. Black has just captured on d5 with his bishop, after which White has a killer blow. Can you… Read more