Chess puzzle

puzzle No. 271

22 June 2013 9:00 am

White to play. This position is the conclusion of a study by M Botvinnik & S Kaminer. How does White…

puzzle No. 270

15 June 2013 9:00 am

Black to play. This position is from Bacrot-Ivanchuk, Thessaloniki Grand Prix 2013. This was the scene of Ivanchuk’s only success.…

No. 269

8 June 2013 9:00 am

White to play. This position is from Short-van Wely, Sigeman 2013. Short played 1 Qh2 and won but what would have…

Chess puzzle no.268

1 June 2013 9:00 am

Black to play. This position is a variation from Bogolyubov-Alekhine, Germany (Game 8) 1929. Here 1 … Nxf1 is not…

puzzle no. 267

25 May 2013 9:00 am

Black to play. This position is from Carlsen-Wang Hao; Norway Masters 2013. Can you spot Black’s clever winning move in…

Chess puzzle no.266

18 May 2013 9:00 am

White to play. This position is from Anand-Nakamura, Norway Masters. What is White’s best move? Answers to me at The…

no. 265

11 May 2013 9:00 am

Black to play. This is from Kramnik-Fressinet, Alekhine Memorial 2013, a variation from a sensational win by the French grandmaster.…

Puzzle no. 264

4 May 2013 9:00 am

White to play. This position is a variation from Alekhine-Hofmeister, Petrograd 1917. A typical Alekhine conclusion. A queen down —…

no. 263

27 April 2013 9:00 am

White to play. This position is from Hartston-Penrose, London 1963. Here Hartston agreed a draw but he missed a cast…

No. 262

20 April 2013 9:00 am

White to play. This position is from Hollis-Courteney, Bognor Regis 1959. The Black king is badly exposed. How did White…

No. 261

13 April 2013 9:00 am

Black to play. This position is from Gelfand-Carlsen, Fidé Candidates London 2013. What was the key move that enabled Carlsen…

No. 260

6 April 2013 8:00 am

White to play. This position is a variation from Svidler-Carlsen; London Candidates 2013. This is a trap that Carlsen avoided…

No. 259

30 March 2013 9:00 am

White to play. This position is from Grischuk-Ivanchuk, London Candidates 2013. White’s next destroyed the black position. Can you see…

No. 258

23 March 2013 9:00 am

White to play. This position is a variation from Radjabov-Ivanchuk, London Candidates 2013. White has only one move to win…

Puzzle No. 257

16 March 2013 9:00 am

White to play. This position is from Fischer-Benko, US Championship 1963. One of Fischer’s classic attacking finishes. What is the…

no. 256

9 March 2013 9:00 am

White to play. This position is from Nimzowitsch-Alapin, Vilnius 1912. How did White swiftly conclude his sacrificial attack? Answers to…

No. 255

2 March 2013 9:00 am

Black to play. This position is from Sjoholm-Spielmann, Kalmar 1941. How did Black swiftly decimate the white kingside?  Answers to…

No. 254

23 February 2013 9:00 am

White to play. This position is a variation from Duchamp-Feigins, Folkestone 1933. Can you spot White’s most accurate continuation of…

No. 253

16 February 2013 9:00 am

White to play. This position is from  Hartston-Portisch, Nice  1974. Can you spot White’s most accurate continuation of the  attack?…

No. 252

9 February 2013 9:00 am

White to play. This position is from Adams-Ehlvest, Gibraltar 2013. White’s next essentially destroyed the black position. What was it?…

Puzzle no. 251

2 February 2013 9:00 am

Black to play. This position is a variation from Caruana-Nakamura, Wijk aan Zee 2013. Black is two pawns down but…

No. 230

26 January 2013 9:00 am

Black to play. This is from Rotlewi-Rubinstein, Lodz 1907. Black has already given up his queen and now concluded with…

No. 249

19 January 2013 9:00 am

Black to play. This is from Carlsen-Polgar, Mexico City 2012. Black’s minor pieces seem to be locked out of the…

No. 248

12 January 2013 9:00 am

White to play. This position is a variation from Kramnik-McShane, London Chess Classic 2012. How can Kramnik finish off the…

No. 247

5 January 2013 9:00 am

White to play. This position is from Kramnik-Kasparov, World Championship, London (Game 2) 2000. Kasparov has been struggling to hold…