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Chess puzzlerss

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No. 347

31 January 2015

White to play. This is a variation from Carlsen-Aronian, Wijk aan Zee 2015. Black has just played his bishop to a3, uncovering an attack on the white queen while also… Read more

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No: 346

24 January 2015

White to play. This position is a variation from Kramnik-Nakamura, London Classic Blitz 2014. How can White make a decisive material gain? Answers to me at The Spectator by Tuesday… Read more

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No: 345

17 January 2015

White to play. This position is a variation from Williams-van Wely, London Rapidplay 2014. How can White bring his kingside attack to a successful conclusion? Answers to me at The… Read more

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No. 344

10 January 2015

White to play. This is a position from Adams–Caruana, London Classic 2014. How did Adams convert to a winning endgame? Answers to me at The Spectator by Tuesday 13 January… Read more

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No. 343

3 January 2015

White to play. This position is from Caruana–Ponomariov, Dortmund 2014. The structure is symmetrical but White’s pieces are very active. How did Caruana make the most of this with a… Read more

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Christmas chess puzzle

13 December 2014

White to play. This position is from Anderssen-Kieseritzky, London 1851. It is a brilliant encounter that became known as the Immortal Game. White has already gambitted both rooks. How does… Read more

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Chess puzzle

6 December 2014

White to play. This position is a variation from Larsen-Portisch, London 1986. How can White exploit a fatal weakness in the black position? Please note that, owing to printing deadlines,… Read more

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No. 342

29 November 2014

White to play. This position is a variation from move 37 of today’s game. How does White win? Answers to me at The Spectator by Tuesday 2 December or via… Read more

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No: 341

22 November 2014

Black to play. This is from Korchnoi-Karpov, World Championship (Game 17), Baguio 1978. Can you spot Black’s winning coup? Answers to me at The Spectator by Tuesday 25 November or via… Read more

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No. 340

15 November 2014

Black to play. This position is a variation from Anand-Carlsen; World Championship, Sochi (Game 1) 2014. Can you spot Black’s winning coup? Answers to me at The Spectator by Tuesday… Read more

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No. 339

8 November 2014

White to play. This position is from Carlsen-Anand, Amber Rapidplay 2008. White is a pawn ahead but Black has counterplay. How did White now increase his material advantage with a… Read more

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No. 338

1 November 2014

White to play. This is from Hebden-Mannion, Isle of Man 2014. White’s next move completely destroyed the black position. What was it? Answers to me at The Spectator by Tuesday… Read more

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No. 337

25 October 2014

White to play. This position is from Gelfand-Andreikin, Baku 2014. What is White’s best move? Answers to me at The Spectator by Tuesday 28 October or via email to victoria@spectator.co.uk… Read more

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No. 336

18 October 2014

White to play. This is from Petrosian-Rosetto, Portoroz 1958. White’s knight is threatened and appears to lack a safe escape square. What did Petrosian have in mind? Answers to me… Read more

Chess-puzzle

No. 335

11 October 2014

White to play. This position is a variation from Aronian-Anand, Bilbao 2014. White needs a subtle move to complete the rout. Can you see it? Answers to me at The… Read more

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No. 334

4 October 2014

White to play. This position is from Keene-Nunn, Surrey Junior Championship 1963. This game started with the Scotch Game opening. White is winning easily but what is the quickest kill?… Read more

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No. 333

27 September 2014

White to play. This position is from Yu–Ganguly, Indonesia 2012. This encounter also started with the Scotch Game opening. Both sides have a bishop en prise. How can White turn… Read more

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No. 332

20 September 2014

White to play. This position is from Nimzowitsch-Rubinstein, Berlin 1928. White’s passed pawn and active pieces guarantee a winning advantage. Can you spot Nimzowitsch’s fine coup to conclude? Answers to… Read more

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No. 331

13 September 2014

White to play. This is from Caruana–Nakamura, Sinquefield Cup, St Louis 2014. Caruana could have registered an even greater performance in St Louis had he taken his chance here. He… Read more

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No. 330

6 September 2014

White to play. This position is from Polgar-Bareev, Moscow 1996. Neither king is entirely happy and in such situations having the move can be crucial. It was here — what… Read more

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No. 329

30 August 2014

White to play. This position is from Lee-Croes, Tromsø Olympiad 2014. White’s position is overwhelming and he now found a nice finish. Can you see it? Answers to me at… Read more

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No. 328

23 August 2014

Black to play. This position is from Ivanchuk-Mamedyarov, Tromsø Olympiad 2014. How did Black win material? Answers to me at The Spectator by Tuesday 26 August or via email to… Read more

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no. 327

16 August 2014

White to play. This is from Kasimdzhanov–Kramnik, Tromsø Olympiad 2014. How did White blast through? Answers to me at The Spectator by Tuesday 19 August or via email to victoria@spectator.co.uk… Read more

Chess-Puzzle

no. 326

9 August 2014

White to play. This is from Perez Ponsa–Frick, Tromso Olympiad 2014. How did White blast through? Answers to me at The Spectator by Tuesday 12 August or via email to… Read more

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no. 325

2 August 2014

White to play. This position is from Rogers-Milos, Manila Olympiad 1992. White is a mass of material down but the black forces on the kingside are irrelevant. Can you spot… Read more