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Chess puzzlerss

Chess-Puzzle-141114

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

Chess-Puzzle-121114

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

Chess-Puzzle-081114

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

Chess-Puzzle-011114

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

Chess-Puzzle-251014

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

Chess-Puzzle-181014

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

Chess-Puzzle-041014

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

Chess-Puzzle-270914

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

Chess-Puzzle-200914

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

chess-sol

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

chess-solution

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

Chess-Puzzle-300814

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

Chess-Puzzle

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

chess-solution

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

chess-sol

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

Chess-SOL

no. 324

26 July 2014

White to play. This is from Storey–Jarmany, -British Championship, Aberystwyth 2014. White’s position is overwhelming but what is the quickest win? Answers to me at The Spectator by Tuesday 29 July… Read more

Chess-Puzzle

No. 323

19 July 2014

Black to play. This is from Litsberger-Whiteley, Harrachov 1967. This position also emanated from the Dragon Variation. What was Black’s killing blow? Answers to me at The Spectator by Tuesday… Read more

chess-solution

No. 322

12 July 2014

White to play. This position is from Velimirovic-Gipslis, Havana 1971. How did White conclude? Answers to me at The Spectator by Tuesday 15 July or via email to victoria@spectator.co.uk or… Read more

chess-solution

No. 321

5 July 2014

White to play. This position is from Petrosian–Rossetto, Portoroz 1958. What is White’s most efficient continuation? Answers to me at The Spectator by Tuesday 8 July or via email to… Read more

chess-solution

No. 320

28 June 2014

White to play. This position is a variation from Mamedov-Carlsen, World Blitz 2014. Here White played 1 hxg5 and Carlsen went on to win when White overlooked a tactic on… Read more

Chess-solution

No. 319

21 June 2014

Black to play. This is a variation from Svidler-Carlsen, Norway Chess 2014. Failing to win this game cost Carlsen first place in the tournament. Black has a strong attack but… Read more

Chess-SOLUTION

No. 318

14 June 2014

White to play. This is a variation from Karjakin-Grischuk, Norway 2014. What key move allows White to deal with the threat to his bishop and emerge with a winning position?… Read more

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No. 317

7 June 2014

Black to play. This position is from Mieses-Alekhine, Mannheim 1914. Can you spot Black’s subtle winning move in this endgame? Answers to me at The Spectator by Tuesday 10 June… Read more