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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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No. 316

31 May 2014

Black to play. This position is a variation from Mamedov-Motylev, Gashimov ‘B’ Group 2014. How does Black conclude his kingside attack in fine style? Answers to me at The Spectator… Read more

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No. 315

24 May 2014

White to play. This position is from Wojtaszek-Safarli, Gashimov ‘B’ Group 2014. The white pieces are very active and the black king badly exposed. How does White conclude? Answers to… Read more

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No. 314

17 May 2014

White to play. This is a variation from Caruana-Radjabov, Gashimov Memorial, Shamkir 2014. The advanced White c-pawn gives him an overwhelming position. What is the best way to finish off?… Read more

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No. 313

10 May 2014

White to play. This position is from Tal-Smyslov, Candidates Tournament 1959. White’s next move was a bombshell which led to a decimation of the black position and a quick victory.… Read more

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No. 312

3 May 2014

White to play. This is from Botvinnik-Smyslov, World Championship (Game 2) 1958. White’s next was a clever way to win a pawn and achieve an overwhelming position. What did he… Read more

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No. 311

26 April 2014

White to play. This is a variation from Carlsen-Leitao, Brazil 2014. White has a big attack on the kingside which Black is attempting to defuse by offering to exchange queens.… Read more

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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

Chess-Puzzle

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