Skip to content

Daily Chess Puzzle

Today’s problem is from an old edition of Chess Magazine. I don’t know which one, because, as is my habit, from time to time I photocopy a page to solve on walks or on trains etc; and my copy doesn’t show the magazine date.

As is my custom, I only say which side is to play: and not giving an idea if the move wins or otherwise, unless on occasion I think signposting would be helpful. Instead, the problems are posed with the instruction to decide what you would play, as in a game.

 

White to play

Collins Sam E - Braun Arik (19...axb5)

 

Sam Collins v A Braun, Dublin 31/3/2013

Solution

I missed Sam’s nextr move, an excellent one. I played 1 Ba3 after which White is better, but not by much, and I fear the advantage in practice would be gone by 1..Kf6 2 Rd4 Ra4!

Instead 1g4!

Collins Sam E - Braun Arik (20.g4)

It took me a while to see what this achieved.

The idea is to push the queen to a worse square:

i) either c5, as played, when White wins material after 2 Ba3 (but the game still went on for a whilel or

ii) 1…Qg6, from where (a) the Queen is passive; (b) it occupies a square which the king would have wanted, after Ba3 Kf6.

Interesting.

FEN

r1b4r/1p2kppp/3Rp3/1p3q2/P7/2P3P1/4QP1P/R1B3K1 w – – 0 20

Daily Chess Puzzle

Today’s problem is from an old edition of Chess Magazine. I don’t know which one, because, as is my habit, from time to time I photocopy a page to solve on walks or on trains etc; and my copy doesn’t show the magazine date.

As is my custom, I only say which side is to play: and not giving an idea if the move wins or otherwise, unless on occasion I think signposting would be helpful. Instead, the problems are posed with the instruction to decide what you would play, as in a game.

 

White to play

Collins Sam E - Braun Arik (18...a6)

Sam Collins v A Braun, Dublin 31/3/2013

Solution

1 Rd6!

Collins Sam E - Braun Arik (19.Rxd6).jpg

for if 1…Kd6, 2 Ba3+ Kc7 3 Qc4+ Kb8 4 Bd6+ Ka7 5 Qc7 and Black is hamstrung.

Collins Sam E - Braun Arik (23.Qc7).jpg

and 3…Kb6 is worse: 4 Qd4+ Kc7 5 Qd6 mate, for instance.

So Black played the better move 1..ab. I will continue tomorrow.

 

FEN

r1b4r/1p2kppp/p2bp3/1B3q2/P7/2P3P1/4QP1P/R1BR2K1 w – – 0 19

Daily Chess Puzzle

Today’s problem is from an old edition of Chess Magazine. I don’t know which one, because, as is my habit, from time to time I photocopy a page to solve on walks or on trains etc; and my copy doesn’t show the magazine date.

As is my custom, I only say which side is to play: and not giving an idea if the move wins or otherwise, unless on occasion I think signposting would be helpful. Instead, the problems are posed with the instruction to decide what you would play, as in a game.

 

Black to play

Shaw Peter - Tozer Philip (28.Kh1).jpg

 

R Tozer v J Shaw, Plymouth 1992

 

Solution

A nice deflection first: 1…Ra1! ; what a lovely move to be able to play.

Shaw Peter - Tozer Philip (28...Ra1)

White sportingly played 2 Qb2+ and 3 Qa1, and then allowed the smothered mate.

Shaw Peter - Tozer Philip (31...Nf2#)

FEN

r3r2k/1p3p2/7p/1NP2B2/1PP5/4q2n/2Q3PP/5R1K b – – 0 28

Daily Chess Puzzle

Today’s problem is from an old edition of Chess Magazine. I don’t know which one, because, as is my habit, from time to time I photocopy a page to solve on walks or on trains etc; and my copy doesn’t show the magazine date.

As is my custom, I only say which side is to play: and not giving an idea if the move wins or otherwise, unless on occasion I think signposting would be helpful. Instead, the problems are posed with the instruction to decide what you would play, as in a game.

 

White to play

Smith Andrew Philip - Prasath Malola TS (22...Rc6)

 

A Smith v M Prasath, Hinckley 5/5/2013

 

Solution

Knowing it is problem position, 1 Rh5+ springs to mind immediately, as does 2 Qg7 after 1…Kh5[].

Smith Andrew Philip - Prasath Malola TS (24.Qg7)

It is not too hard to see that Black is helpless. If 2…Qh8, to prevent 3 Qh7 mate; then 3 Nf4+ overloads the Ng6.

 

FEN

r1bq4/ppp5/2r3nk/4R2p/4Pp1P/1BQ2P2/PPP1N3/2K3R1 w – – 0 23

Daily Chess Puzzle

Today’s problem is from an old edition of Chess Magazine. I don’t know which one, because, as is my habit, from time to time I photocopy a page to solve on walks or on trains etc; and my copy doesn’t show the magazine date.

As is my custom, I only say which side is to play: and not giving an idea if the move wins or otherwise, unless on occasion I think signposting would be helpful. Instead, the problems are posed with the instruction to decide what you would play, as in a game.

 

Black to play

 

 

D Wagner v S Berger, Bundersliga 17/3/2013

Wagner Dennis - Berger Steve (56.Nd4)

 

 

Solution

1…Ne3 is a pretty diversion of the King; diversion or preventing it from reaching g2, and if 2 Kf2, 2…h2 prevents it from going to g1 either: the pawn promotes.

Wagner Dennis - Berger Steve (56...Ne3)

 

FEN

8/8/5k2/6p1/3NP1n1/5KPp/8/8 b – – 0 56

Daily Chess Puzzle

Today’s problem is from an old edition of Chess Magazine. I don’t know which one, because, as is my habit, from time to time I photocopy a page to solve on walks or on trains etc; and my copy doesn’t show the magazine date.

As is my custom, I only say which side is to play: and not giving an idea if the move wins or otherwise, unless on occasion I think signposting would be helpful. Instead, the problems are posed with the instruction to decide what you would play, as in a game.

 

White to play

Yeo Michael J - Gayson Peter (20...Bd6)

 

M Yeo v P Gayson, Hinckley, 5/5/2013

Solution

1 Bc7! is hard, but nice to find; if 1…Bc7 then 2 Ne7+ Kd8[] 3 Nc6+ and 4 Rd7 mate, so Black ‘grovelled’ with 1…Qc7.

Yeo Michael J - Gayson Peter (21.Bc7)

A few moves later:

Yeo Michael J - Gayson Peter (23.Rhd1)

The game went on for another 26 moves, but the result was never really in doubt.

FEN

1qk2r1r/1p1n1pp1/pBbb3p/3NpQ2/4P1P1/7P/PPPR2B1/1K5R w – – 0 21

Daily Chess Puzzle

Today’s problem is from an old edition of Chess Magazine. I don’t know which one, because, as is my habit, from time to time I photocopy a page to solve on walks or on trains etc; and my copy doesn’t show the magazine date.

As is my custom, I only say which side is to play: and not giving an idea if the move wins or otherwise, unless on occasion I think signposting would be helpful. Instead, the problems are posed with the instruction to decide what you would play, as in a game.

 

White to play

Vrolijk Liam - Saravanan V (23...Nxc3)

Vrolijk v Saravanan, Bruges 27/7/2018

 

Solution

1 Rd7! with the nice point that 1…Re8 is impossible due to 2 ef+, so R elsewhere, when 2 e7 promotes.

Vrolijk Liam - Saravanan V (24.Rd7)

FEN

3r2k1/R4ppp/1pp1P3/8/8/2n3P1/PP3PKP/8 w – – 0 24