Chess puzzle

No. 686

22 January 2022 9:00 am

White to play. Gelfand–Karjakin, Tal Memorial Blitz 2008. Gelfand’s pawn is pinned, and moving the king runs into more checks.…

No. 685

15 January 2022 9:00 am

White to play. Maxime Lagarde-Thai Dai Van Nguyen, Reykjavik 2021. Lagarde found a brilliant finish, forcing mate in just a…

Puzzle No. 684

8 January 2022 9:00 am

White to play. Abdusattorov–Rakhmatullaev, Uzbek Championship 2021. How did White deliver a pretty mate in two moves? Answers should be…

No. 683

18 December 2021 9:00 am

White to play and mate in 3. Composed by Albert Barbe, 1861. Only the first move is required, but it’s…

Puzzle | 11 December 2021

11 December 2021 9:00 am

White to play and mate in 2. Composed by W.A. Shinkman, Montreal Spectator, 1880. As things stand, White has no…

No. 682

4 December 2021 9:00 am

Black to play. Plat-Esipenko, European Team Championship, 2021. The 19-year-old Russian playing Black found a way to force mate in…

No. 681

27 November 2021 9:00 am

White to play. Erigaisi–Liem, Tata Steel Rapid, 2021. Here 1 Rxf6? Qd1+ sees White getting mated on the back rank.…

No. 680

20 November 2021 9:00 am

White to play and win. The conclusion of an endgame study by Henri Rinck. The imminent promotion of the g-pawn…

No. 679

13 November 2021 9:00 am

White to play. Trisha Kanyamarala–Roderick Mckay, EJCOA Forest Hall Invitational, 2021. White found a brilliant strike on the kingside, forcing…

No. 678

6 November 2021 9:00 am

White to play. Short-Ye, Sanjin Hotel Cup 2004. A snappy finish from a game in Winning. Which move allowed Short…

No. 677

30 October 2021 9:00 am

Black to play. Turner–Jackson, Hull 4NCL GM Tournament 2021. Which move did James Jackson play to ensure a decisive advance…

No. 676

23 October 2021 9:00 am

White to play. Bjerre–Maiwald, Bundesliga 2021. Black has menacing counterplay, so White’s attack needs an accurate conclusion. What did he…

No. 675

16 October 2021 9:00 am

White to play and mate in one. I found this puzzle online, composed by someone with the pseudonym ‘Illion’. I…

No. 674

9 October 2021 9:00 am

White to play. Mamedyarov–Artemiev, MeltwaterChampions Final 2021. Black’s last move, was Ra8-a4, attacking the pawn on g4. But it allowed…

No. 673

2 October 2021 9:00 am

White to play. This was a variation which could arise in the game R. Pert–M. Parligras, Manx Liberty Masters 2021.…

No. 672

25 September 2021 9:00 am

Black to play. J. Polgar — Gaprindashvili, Novi Sad Olympiad 1990. Gaprindashvili’s next move prompted immediate resignation. What did she…

No. 671

18 September 2021 9:00 am

White to play. Gaprindashvili–Servaty, Dortmund 1974. The dark squares around Black’s king are critically weak, and White found an accurate…

Puzzle no. 670

11 September 2021 9:00 am

White to play. Harvey–Roberson, Northumbria Masters 2021. Black’s last move, 37…Kf7-e7 looked plausible, but walked into a clever tactic. What…

Puzzle no. 669

4 September 2021 9:00 am

White to play. Swiercz–Xiong, Sinquefield Cup 2021. 1 Kxb2 allows a perpetual check. But forcing an exchange of queens would…

No. 668

28 August 2021 9:00 am

Black to play. Geller–Sveshnikov, USSR Ch 1978. Geller’s last move, 34 Rb1-e1 looked clever, since Black cannot safely capture the…

No. 667

21 August 2021 9:00 am

White to play and draw. The conclusion of an endgame study composed by J. Hašek (1951). Black is preparing a…

No. 666

14 August 2021 9:00 am

White to play. Abdusattorov–Durarbayli, Sochi 2021. The endgame looks tricky, but White found a way to force a quick mate.…

No. 665

7 August 2021 9:00 am

White to play. Adhiban–Delgado Ramirez, Sochi 2021. White has more than one good move, but Adhiban found a spectacular way…

No. 664

31 July 2021 9:00 am

White to play. Greco–NN, 1620. The centre is a dangerous place for the king. Which move does White play to…

No. 663

24 July 2021 9:00 am

White to play. A variation from Grandelius – Xiong, Fide World Cup, Sochi 2021. With an accurate queen check,White can…