Chess puzzle

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…

no. 563

20 July 2019 9:00 am

White to play. This position is from Tal-Rantanen, Tallinn 1979. This game features a typically brilliant Tal finish. Can you…

no. 562

13 July 2019 9:00 am

White to play. This is from Wassin-Grigorchuk, Izola 2019. Although the game is only just out of the opening, White…

no. 561

6 July 2019 9:00 am

White to play. This is from Reti-Bogolyubov, New York 1924. How did Reti conclude his attack with a fine blow? Answers…

no. 560

29 June 2019 9:00 am

White to play. This position is from Michalik-Jirasek, Prague 2019. The game is only just out of the opening but…

no. 559

22 June 2019 9:00 am

Black to play. This position is from Grischuk-Anand, Altibox (Armageddon game), Stavanger 2019. How does Black break White’s resistance? Answers…

no. 558

15 June 2019 9:00 am

White to play. This position is a variation from Ding Liren-So, Stavanger 2019. White could continue the attack with 1…

no. 557

8 June 2019 8:00 am

White to play. This position is from Ding Liren-Anand, Lindores Abbey Stars 2019. Here White played 1 Rb8 which lost…

no. 556

1 June 2019 9:00 am

Black to play. This position is a variation from today’s game, Hillarp Persson-Jones, Malmo 2019. How can Black conclude the…