Chess puzzle

no. 588

25 January 2020 9:00 am

Rowson-Yermolinsky, World Open 2002. This position arose after a tactical skirmish. White has only one good way to meet the…

no. 587

18 January 2020 9:00 am

Sanguineti–Najdorf, Mar del Plata 1956. White to move. White played 1 Kd8?, to threaten 2 Qe7#. Black resigned, overlooking 1…Rxg4…

No. 586

11 January 2020 9:00 am

Carlsen–Nakamura, December 2019. In the decisive playoff game, Carlsen played 1 Nxf7+ and won quickly. But there was a mate…

No. 585

21 December 2019 9:00 am

Black to play. Ilfeld & Vachier-Lagrave–Picot & McShane. Pro-Biz Cup, London 2019. My move. White threatens checkmate with Qc4-g8, so…

no. 584

14 December 2019 9:00 am

White to play. Aronian–Carlsen, December 2019. Carlsen won the third-place playoff, but Aronian found a nice finish in this game.…

no. 583

7 December 2019 9:00 am

Black to play. This is a variation from McShane–Van Foreest, Bundesliga, November 2019. I avoided this position, and the game…

no. 582

30 November 2019 9:00 am

Black to play. Zelcic–Melkumyan, Tournament of Peace, November 2019. Melkumyan enjoys a big endgame advantage, and he found a cute…

no. 581

23 November 2019 9:00 am

Bagi–Zvjaginsev, Montenegro 2019. Black to play. 61… Ke6 looks obvious, but Zvjaginsev preferred 61… Rg6! and White resigned instead of…

no. 580

16 November 2019 9:00 am

Dubov-Svane, White to play. Later in the event, Dubov played another masterpiece, sacrificing a rook to reach this extraordinary position.…

no. 579

9 November 2019 9:00 am

Black to play. Erwin l’Ami–Luke McShane, Batumi, 2019. The pawn on e6 looks powerful, but White’s king is more vulnerable…

no. 578

2 November 2019 9:00 am

White to play. Dahl-Kolbus; Isle of Man, 2019. In this game between two Manx players, White had promoted a pawn…

no. 577

26 October 2019 9:00 am

Black to play. From Stepanov–Romanovsky, Lenin-grad 1926. Stepanov resigned two moves earlier, seeing that he would soon lose his queen.…

No. 576

19 October 2019 9:00 am

White to play, Black to win. Shirov-Caruana from the Isle of Man. Caruana threatens 53… d1=Q 54.Qxd1 Qxb2 mate. Shirov…

no. 575

12 October 2019 9:00 am

White to play. The final game of the match between Radjabov and Ding. White’s safer king confers a huge advantage,…

no. 574

5 October 2019 9:00 am

Black to play. Here is my own tragedy, from Yuffa-McShane, Khanty-Mansiysk 2019. Needing a win, I tried 81 … Kg7-f7…

no. 573

28 September 2019 9:00 am

White to play. This position is from Van Foreest-Bortnyk, St Louis 2019. How did White break through on the kingside…

No. 572

21 September 2019 9:00 am

White to play. This is from Nguyen-Alekseenko, Khanty-Mansiysk 2019. White’s queen and rook are both attacked. How does he maintain…

No. 571

14 September 2019 9:00 am

White to play. This position is from Benko-Jeney, Budapest 1950. Benko has just sacrificed rook for knight. What is his…

no. 570

7 September 2019 9:00 am

Black to play. This is from Carlsen-Ding, St Louis 2019. The black pieces are converging on the white king but…

no. 569

31 August 2019 9:00 am

Black to play. This is from Nepomniachtchi-Anand, St Louis 2019. How did Anand exploit his opponent’s lapse? Answers to me…

no. 568

24 August 2019 9:00 am

White to play. This is from Aronian-Mamedyarov, St Louis 2019. We are only just out of the opening but White…

no. 567

17 August 2019 9:00 am

White to play. This position is from Alekhine-Nimzowitsch, San Remo 1930. Can you spot the quiet move that puts black…

no. 566

10 August 2019 9:00 am

White to play. This position is a variation from Adams-Pigott, Torquay 2019. How can White crash through to gain a…

no. 565

3 August 2019 9:00 am

White to play. This position is from Capablanca-Lasker, Havana 1921. Capablanca was another great champion famed for his ability to…

no. 564

27 July 2019 9:00 am

White to play. This is from Giri-Mamedyarov, ­Croatia 2019. White is a piece down and needs a dramatic continuation. What…