One of the first attacking lessons you get from a chess teacher is the idea of playing Bxf7+ against an uncastled king. The usual first lesson you get goes something like this: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d6 3.Bc4 Bg4 4.Nc3 h6? 5.Nxe5! Bxd8 6.Bxf7+ Ke7 7.Nd5 mate. Sometimes, though, the position is less clear, and you have to make a decision: “Do I take on ...View solution
The following ten words can be divided into two groups of five words. The words within each group will share a common characteristic. What are the two groups? Which words belong in those groups?
dam late lice linger per son stern tent under useView full teaser and answer
Which word in Group B can be added to Group A? Why?
Group A: coral, dragon, holy, wed
Group B: basin, liter, music, paten, syrup, talon
Each of the following sentences contains clues to a set of three words that are anagrams of each other (each sentence describes a different set).
1) George threw his extra javelin through two fleshy fruits related to an apple.
2) Mary had to halt the food preparation because she found a stain on each of the cooking utensils.
3) Per the negotiation, Isaac agreed to guide the troops through the valley.
4) How would you respond if the container of supplies had disappeared without a vestige?View full teaser and answer
Each statement describes two words that when fused together create a new unrelated word (not a compound word). The clues do not necessarily indicate in which order the two words are attached. Example: This is the average oldness of a tablet (pill + age = pillage).
1) This is an automobile's domesticated animal.
2) This is a group of wolves, much like stone or bronze.
3) This is an alcoholic beverage that is made from a part of a fish.
4) This is a volume's military partner.
While browsing through Lev Alburt’s Chess Training Pocket Book II (quite as good as the first!), I ran into this position which requires you to think through several lines. It’s from Volkov-Rublevsky, 2007.View solution
Six words have had their sharp things removed. The sharp things have been placed into Group A. The remaining letters of each word have been placed into Group B. Your task is to reconstitute the words by merging each sharp thing with the proper set of letters. Other than merging the two groups together, there is no rearranging of the letters. Example: sand + pne = spanned (SpANneD).
Group A: brad, nail, pin, piton, spike, stake
Group B: eeve, insrai, raha, rnlr, ufesbe, waebst
The names of four famous people have been scrambled. They are: an athlete, an entertainer, a leader of a country, and a scientist (though not necessarily in that order). Who are they?
1) gong, hero gets a win
2) oh, a jet man
3) sly peer lives
4) ten elite brains
One of my favorite attacking players in chess history is Rashid Nezhmetdinov. Some of his combinations are so complicated and brilliant I can’t really show them here. This position is fairly straightforward, though.View solution
Which animal in Group B can be added to Group A? Why? It has nothing to do with spelling or pronunciation.
I am a set of three words, all with the same four letters.
First I am a type of carriage.
Then switch my middle letters, and I am a cover often useful on a diamond.
Now switch my end letters ...
When you see me, you also see hair.
What are the words?View full teaser and answer
On my facebook page, one of my posters put up the end of a 3-minute game they played. Wolff King Morrow was pretty deep into the game with probably a healthy chunk of his 3 minutes gone, yet he found a very pretty finish. You have less than 3 minutes to find it!View solution
Complete the series by making a selection from the pool.
Series: Hermes, Aphrodite, Gaea, Ares, Zeus, Cronus, Uranus, Poseidon, ?
Pool: Athena, Dionysus, Eros, Hades, Hephaestus, HeraView full teaser and answer
Five words that contain AB as a letter-pair have had all of their other letters removed and placed into a pool. Put those letters back in their proper places. What are the words?
-AB--, ---AB, AB----, AB-----, -AB----
Pool: C, E, E, I, I, I, L, L, N, P, Q, R, S, S, T, T, T, U, U, YView full teaser and answer
What is the meaning of this rebus?
john wilkes Booth
Billy the kid
An exciting way to finish the week—a slash and burn kingside attack by Boros over Szabo back in the 1930s.View solution
Black as night I can be,
Until my Mother sits on me;
Then clear as ice I become
In the rough, thank you Mum.
What am I?View full teaser and answer
Each of the following sentences contains clues to a set of three words that are spelled the same, except for one letter (each sentence describes a different set). Example: malt, melt, molt.
1) Billy discovered a cylindrical chest buried beneath the knoll.
2) The only evidence found by the detective was some adhesive in the chimney passage.
3) The bashful bovine rested on the small bed.
4) The latest fad was for people to desire the ingestion of a tall wading bird.View full teaser and answer
This composition was one of Irving Chernev’s favorites. There is a humorous point to it at the end. It’s White to play and draw. Composition by Bogdassaryanz.View solution
1a) to wriggle 1b) a member of the British gentry 1c) a small forcible stream of liquid
2a) this color is a blend of red and yellow darkened by black
2b) the top of the head
2c) to cover with water
3a) more recent
3c) a written communication
4a) free from color
4b) a high-pitched plaintive cry