Chess puzzle

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…

No. 662

17 July 2021 9:00 am

White to play and mate in two. Composed by Sam Loyd, Sunny South, 1885. Nearly all Black’s legal moves can…

No. 661

10 July 2021 9:00 am

Black to play. Daggupati–Mishra, Charlotte 2020. 1…Rf1+ 2 Kg2 is a dead end, as White’s queen covers the f2 square.…

No. 660

3 July 2021 9:00 am

White to play. So–Vachier-Lagrave, Paris, June 2021. The queen on e7 can be taken, but Black’s last move was …Rd8,…

No. 659

26 June 2021 9:00 am

White to play. Gukesh–Yip, Gelfand Challenge, June 2021. White has strong pressure on the f-file, but which move forces a…

No. 658

19 June 2021 9:00 am

Mammadzada — M. Muzychuk, May 2021. In this messy position, Black’s next move prompted instant resignation. What did she play?…

No. 657

12 June 2021 9:00 am

Black to play. Vodopyanov–Kantsyn, 1974. Two bishops up, White appears to have everything covered. Which move allows Black to force…

No. 656

5 June 2021 9:00 am

Black to play. Vocaturo–Gokerkan, May 2021. After a long defence, White’s last move 101 Nf1-e3 was a decisive error. Which…

No. 655

29 May 2021 9:00 am

White to play, Kharlov–Ernst, Haninge 1992. Black’s last move, g6-g5 was a decisive mistake. Which move did White play to…