Chess puzzle

No. 622

19 September 2020 9:00 am

Black to play. Jones–McShane, London Chess Classic 2019. Last year I played two games of no-castling chess with Gawain Jones,…

No. 621

12 September 2020 9:00 am

Black to play. Rios–Adams, Online Olympiad, August 2020. The White king is running short of squares. Which move did Adams…

No. 620

5 September 2020 9:00 am

White to play. Zaibi–Napoleao, Online Olympiad, August 2020. White has just sacrificed the rook on a1. He concluded the attack…

No. 619

29 August 2020 9:00 am

Nakamura–Carlsen, August 2020. Carlsen has just advanced 40…g6-g5+, laying a nasty trap. Only one move gives White a fighting chance…

No. 618

22 August 2020 9:00 am

Black to play. McShane–Anand, World Rapid Championship 2017. While executing my last move, 51 Qf4-f3, attacking the h5-pawn, I got…

No. 617

15 August 2020 9:00 am

Black to play. Efimov–Bronstein, Kiev 1941. Normally White seeks glory in the King’s Gambit, but here Bronstein scored a lightning…

No. 616

8 August 2020 9:00 am

Black to play. Studer–Naiditsch, Biel, July 2020. White intends to meet 1…Bxb5 with 2 Bxe7 Qxe7 3 Qxb5, with an…

No. 615

1 August 2020 9:00 am

White to play. Stockfish–Leela Chess Zero, TCEC 18, Game 92, July 2020. It looks hard to make progress, despite the…

No. 614

25 July 2020 9:00 am

White to play. Stefano Tatai–Spyridon Skembris, Budva Zonal 1981. Morricone’s teacher found a delightful conclusion to this attack. What was…

No. 613

18 July 2020 9:00 am

White to play and mate in three moves. A problem composed by grandmaster Jonathan Levitt (British Chess Magazine, 1995). One…

No. 612

11 July 2020 9:00 am

White to play. Giri–Nepomniachtchi, Chessable Masters 2020. Giri has sacrificed a knight to lure the black king forward. Which move…

No. 611

4 July 2020 9:00 am

White to play. From the ridiculous to the sublime. According to the ‘Chess Notes’ website, a game won by Edward…

No. 610

27 June 2020 9:00 am

White to play. Grischuk–Aronian, Clutch Chess 2020. Only one rook move draws here. Which one? Answers should be emailed to…

No. 609

20 June 2020 9:00 am

White to play. Tolush–Aronson, Moscow 1957. Strangely, this quick win was once wrongly attributed to Alekhine. How did White exploit…

No. 608

13 June 2020 9:00 am

Black to play, Ding Liren–Daniil Dubov, Lindores Abbey Rapid Challenge, May 2020. Dubov’s rook is under attack, but his next…

No. 607

6 June 2020 9:00 am

White to play, Stockfish–AllieStein, TCEC Season 16. Stockfish found a beautiful knockout blow in this game against a different neural…

No. 606

30 May 2020 9:00 am

Tamas Fodor — Michael Adams, Hull 2018. White to play. One from the puzzles section of Smerdon’s book, which I…

No. 605

23 May 2020 9:00 am

White mates in two moves against any defence (composed by Walter Pulitzer). Steinitz admitted he could not crack this within…

No. 604

16 May 2020 9:00 am

Aronian–Vidit, Online Nations Cup, May 2020. Vidit has just captured axb3 en passant. Aronian’s next move revealed a powerful concept.…

No. 603

9 May 2020 9:00 am

Black to play. Ding–Nakamura, Magnus -Carlsen Invitational, April 2020. The position appears sterile, but Nakamura spotted a clever winning move.…

No. 602

2 May 2020 9:00 am

Nepomniachtchi (lachesisQ)–Andriasian (Zaven_ChessMood), Abu Dhabi Super Blitz, April 2020. White is in danger here. Which move did he play to…

No. 601

25 April 2020 9:00 am

Black to play. Sjugirov–Carlsen, Chess24 Banter Blitz Semi Final. In this wild position, Carlsen’s next move put the result beyond…

No. 600

18 April 2020 9:00 am

Black to play. Andrew Stone–Martin Jogstad, 4NCL Online, April 2020. The queen is trapped on f4, so 1…Rxg5 looks worth…

No. 599

11 April 2020 9:00 am

A position adapted from Vojtech Plat–Ravi Haria, Hull GM tournament, 2019. The d6-pawn is crucial here, but White needs a…

No. 598

4 April 2020 9:00 am

A variation from the game above. Although White is a pawn down, he can rustle up decisive counterplay with one…