Chess puzzle

No. 597

28 March 2020 9:00 am

A puzzle used in the solving championship, composed by Vittorio de Barbieri in 1918. White must give mate in two…

No. 596

21 March 2020 9:00 am

White to play. Shirov–Yuffa, Nutcracker Battle of the Generations, Moscow 2020. The rook on f7 is pinned, and 1 Rxf8+…

No. 595

14 March 2020 9:00 am

Black to play. Tomashevsky–Lomasov, Nutcracker Battle of the Generations, Moscow 2020. A position with a surprising twist. Tomashevsky has just…

No. 594

7 March 2020 9:00 am

Black to play. Puranik–Sjugirov, another spectacular game played at the Aeroflot Open. Puranik was perhaps counting on 1…Rc1 2 Qa3…

no. 593

29 February 2020 9:00 am

White to play, a variation from McShane–-Kamsky. In the game above, I was hoping to see 31…Qa5, as I had…

No. 592

21 February 2020 10:00 pm

Black to play, Kateryna Lagno–Ju Wenjun, February 2020. Material is approximately balanced, but White’s king is in serious danger. What…

no. 591

15 February 2020 9:00 am

White to play, Dubov–Artemiev, Wijk aan Zee 2020. White is pressing here, but Black seems to have everything covered. Which…

no. 590

7 February 2020 10:00 pm

Black to move, Paravyan vs McShane, Isle of Man 2019. Here I intended 49…Bxd1. What had Paravyan planned after that…

no. 589

1 February 2020 9:00 am

Black to move. Javakhishvili–Adams, Gibraltar 2020. Adams has a few plausible moves here, including Rf1, Rf3+ and Rxf7, but only…

no. 588

24 January 2020 10:00 pm

Rowson-Yermolinsky, World Open 2002. This position arose after a tactical skirmish. White has only one good way to meet the…

no. 587

18 January 2020 9:00 am

Sanguineti–Najdorf, Mar del Plata 1956. White to move. White played 1 Kd8?, to threaten 2 Qe7#. Black resigned, overlooking 1…Rxg4…

No. 586

11 January 2020 9:00 am

Carlsen–Nakamura, December 2019. In the decisive playoff game, Carlsen played 1 Nxf7+ and won quickly. But there was a mate…

No. 585

21 December 2019 9:00 am

Black to play. Ilfeld & Vachier-Lagrave–Picot & McShane. Pro-Biz Cup, London 2019. My move. White threatens checkmate with Qc4-g8, so…

no. 584

14 December 2019 9:00 am

White to play. Aronian–Carlsen, December 2019. Carlsen won the third-place playoff, but Aronian found a nice finish in this game.…

no. 583

7 December 2019 9:00 am

Black to play. This is a variation from McShane–Van Foreest, Bundesliga, November 2019. I avoided this position, and the game…

no. 582

30 November 2019 9:00 am

Black to play. Zelcic–Melkumyan, Tournament of Peace, November 2019. Melkumyan enjoys a big endgame advantage, and he found a cute…

no. 581

23 November 2019 9:00 am

Bagi–Zvjaginsev, Montenegro 2019. Black to play. 61… Ke6 looks obvious, but Zvjaginsev preferred 61… Rg6! and White resigned instead of…

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…