Chess puzzlerss

Chess-Puzzle-290815

No. 376

29 August 2015

Black to play. This position is a variation from variation from Maslak-Smerdon, Pardubice 2007. Black has powered through on the kingside. How can he finish off? Answers to me at The Spectator… Read more

Chess-Puzzle-220815

No. 375

22 August 2015

Black to play. This position is from Kosmo-Smerdon, Goa 2002. Can you spot Black’s beautiful winning move? Answers to me at The Spectator by Tuesday 25 August or via email… Read more

Chess-Puzzle-150815

No. 374

15 August 2015

Black to play. This is a variation from Osborne-Hawkins, British Championship, Coventry 2015. Black is a piece down. What is his idea? Answers to me at The Spectator by Tuesday… Read more

Chess-Puzzle-080815

No. 373

8 August 2015

White to play. This is a variation from Williams-Howell, British Championship, Warwick 2015. Howell won this game but the puzzle shows what might have happened if he had gone wrong.… Read more

Chess-Puzzle-010815

No. 372

1 August 2015

White to play. This position is from Howell-Sokolov, Staunton Memorial 2009. How can White finish off his attack with a fine flourish? Answers to me at The Spectator by Tuesday… Read more

Chess-Puzzle-250715

No. 371

25 July 2015

Black to play. This is from Williams-Hawkins, -British Championship 2014. How can Black finish off his attack with a fine flourish? Answers to me at The Spectator by Tuesday 28… Read more

Chess-Puzzle-180715

No. 370

18 July 2015

Black to play. This position is a variation from Kramnik-Naiditsch, Dortmund 2015. How can Black make a decisive material gain? Answers to me at The Spectator by Tuesday 21 July… Read more

Chess-Puzzle-080715

No. 370

11 July 2015

Black to play. This position is a variation from Hou Yifan-Kramnik, Dortmund 2015. Black is a rook down. What does he have in mind? Answers to me at The Spectator… Read more

Chess-Puzzle-040715

No. 369

4 July 2015

White to play. This is from Anand–Hammer, Stavanger 2015. White is a pawn up with a good position and his next move put the game beyond all doubt. How did… Read more

Chess-Puzzle-270615

No. 368

27 June 2015

White to play. This position is from Vachier-Lagrave-Caruana, Norway Blitz 2015. How did White finish off at once? Answers to me at The Spectator by Tuesday 30 June or via… Read more

Chess-Puzzle-200615

No. 367

20 June 2015

Black to play. This is from Spassky-Fischer, World Championship, Reykjavik (Game 5) 1972. This is probably the most famous ‘dark-square’ Nimzo-Indian game of all-time. How did Fischer finish off? Answers… Read more

Chess-Puzzle-090615

No. 366

13 June 2015

Black to play. This is from Rodriguez-Xiong, California 2012. How does Black finish off? Answers to me at The Spectator by Tuesday 16 June or via email to victoria@spectator.co.uk or… Read more

Chess-Puzzle-060615

No. 365

6 June 2015

Black to play. This is from Caruana-Jakovenko, Khanty-Mansiysk 2015. Black is winning -easily, but can you find the most accurate continuation, which forces mate in six moves at the most?… Read more

Chess-Puzzle-270515

No. 364

30 May 2015

Black to play. This is from Westman-Walther, Havana 1966. Black has the possibility of a discovered check against the white king. How can he make the most of this? Answers… Read more

Chess-Puzzle-230515

Puzzle no. 363

23 May 2015

White to play. This is from Kramnik-Svidler, Russian Team Championship, Sochi 2015. The black pieces are in a tangle and vulnerable to tactical strikes. How did Kramnik now launch just… Read more

Chess-Puzzle-160515

No. 362

16 May 2015

White to play. This position is from Tal–Benko, Candidates 1959. Black has just advanced with … e5, attacking the white knight. What has he overlooked? Answers to me at The Spectator… Read more

Chess-Puzzle-090515

No. 361

9 May 2015

White to play. This is from Polgar-Short, -Buenos Aires 2000. Here we return to the theme of Judit Polgar’s massive plus score against Nigel Short. Nigel’s logical brain no doubt… Read more

Chess-Puzzle-290415

No. 360

2 May 2015

Black to play. This is from Short-Polgar, Madrid 1995. Judit Polgar is the strongest female -player ever, with an overwhelming plus score against Nigel Short. This is the conclusion of… Read more

Chess-Puzzle-220415

No. 359

25 April 2015

Black to play. This position is a variation from Troff-Nakamura, US Championship 2015. How can Black conclude his kingside attack with a standard tactic? Answers to me at The Spectator… Read more

Chess-Puzzle-1504151

No. 358

18 April 2015

White to play. This is from Lee-Zakharov, Vrnjacka Banja 1963. Black has just captured on c3 and now 1 Qxc3 runs into 1 … Qxf1 mate. However, White can do… Read more

Chess-Puzzle-0704151

No. 357

11 April 2015

Black to play. This is from Cochrane-Staunton, London 1842. How did Staunton exploit his menacing build up of pieces on the kingside? Answers to me at The Spectator by Tuesday… Read more

Chess-Puzzle-310315

No. 356

4 April 2015

White to play. This position is a variation from Bronstein-Zilberstein, Tbilisi 1973. Bronstein has just given up a piece on d5 but has a clever tactical idea in mind. Can… Read more

Chess-Puzzle-280315

No. 355

28 March 2015

Black to play. This position is a variation from Ganguly-Vitiugov, Gibraltar 2014. The game started as a Caro-Kann and is mentioned in Houska’s book. Although Black is a pawn down… Read more

Chess-Puzzle-210315

No. 354

21 March 2015

White to play. This is from Pillsbury-Tarrasch, Hastings 1895. White has only one move to bring his kingside attack to a successful conclusion before Black lands on the other wing.… Read more

Chess-Puzzle-140315

No. 353

14 March 2015

Black to play. This is from James-Sugden, -Cambridge 1972, as featured last week. It’s a win by the Cambridge player Dr J. N. -Sugden of St John’s College. In the… Read more