Chess puzzle

no. 524

22 September 2018 9:00 am

Black to play. This position is from Gurgenidze-Tal, Moscow 1957. What is the most direct way to break into the…

no. 523

15 September 2018 9:00 am

Black to play. This position is from Potkin-Caruana, Dagomys 2010. How did Caruana finish off with a flourish? Answers to…

no. 522

8 September 2018 9:00 am

White to play. This position is a variation from Caruana-Karjakin, St Louis 2018. Can you spot White’s classic mating finish?…

no. 521

1 September 2018 9:00 am

White to play. This is from Mamedyarov–Georgiadis, Biel 2018. Many of Mamedyarov’s games feature a kingside attack based upon a…

no. 520

25 August 2018 9:00 am

White to play. This position is from Nakamura-Mamedyarov, St Louis 2018. Unfortunately for Mamedyarov, he has just blundered in a…

No. 519

18 August 2018 9:00 am

White to play. This position is from Fernandez-Pritchett, Hull 2018. White found an extraordinary, problem-like move to finish the game.…

no. 518

11 August 2018 9:00 am

Black to play. This is from Howell-McShane, British Championship, Hull 2018. This was the conclusion of the game that enabled…

no. 517

4 August 2018 9:00 am

Black to play. This position is from the classic game Réti-Alekhine, Baden Baden 1925. What was Black’s next move? It…

no. 516

28 July 2018 9:00 am

Black to play. This position is from Brown-Adams, British Championship, Bournemouth 2016. Black has various ways to force mate but…

no. 515

21 July 2018 9:00 am

Black to play. This is from Carlsen-Polgar, Mexico 2012. Judit had been struggling in this game but when Carlsen slipped…

no. 514

14 July 2018 9:00 am

Black to play. This is from Karpov-Korchnoi, Dortmund 1994. In this unusual position Karpov has two queens but Korchnoi’s forces…

no. 513

7 July 2018 9:00 am

White to play. This is from Nakamura-Kramnik, Paris Blitz 2018. The third victim of Nakamura’s hypnotism was Vladimir Kramnik who,…

no. 512

30 June 2018 9:00 am

White to play. This position is from Anand-Caruana, Leuven Blitz 2018. How did Anand achieve a winning material advantage? Answers…

Puzzle no. 511

23 June 2018 9:00 am

White to play. This position is a variation from So-Carlsen, Norway Chess 2018. The world champion suffered a reverse in…

no. 510

16 June 2018 9:00 am

Black to play. This position is from Korchnoi–-Karpov, World Championship game 17, Baguio 1978. Can you spot Karpov’s dramatic finish?…

no. 509

9 June 2018 9:00 am

Black to play. This is from Pillsbury-Lasker, St Petersburg 1895/96. Black has sacrificed two rooks for a bishop to drive the…

no. 508

2 June 2018 9:00 am

Black to play. This is from Paulsen-Morphy, New York 1857. Having sacrificed his queen to expose the white king, Morphy continued…

no. 507

26 May 2018 9:00 am

White to play. This position is from Short-Muir, Gibraltar Masters 2004. How did Short bring his kingside attack to a…

no. 506

19 May 2018 9:00 am

White to play. This position is a variation from Carlsen-Wojtaszek, Vugar Gashimov Memorial, Shamkir 2018. How can White power through?…

no. 505

12 May 2018 9:00 am

White to play. This is from Sadler-Speelman, 4NCL 2017. White is two pawns down in this endgame but all Black’s…

no. 504

5 May 2018 9:00 am

White to play. This is a possible variation from Meier-Carlsen, Grenke 2018. Meier could have forced a win in this…

no. 503

28 April 2018 9:00 am

Black to play. This position is from Bluebaum-Vitiugov, Grenke 2018. Can you spot Black’s amazing winning move? Answers to me…

no. 502

21 April 2018 9:00 am

White to play. This position is from Karjakin-Caruana, Berlin 2018. This game was Caruana’s only reverse in Berlin. Karjakin now…

no. 501

14 April 2018 9:00 am

White to play. This is from Bluebaum-Anand, Grenke 2018. Anand has been having a rough time in the elite Grenke…

no. 500

7 April 2018 9:00 am

White to play. This position is from Jones-Deac, European Team Championship, Batumi 2018. Can you spot White’s crushing breakthrough? Answers…